Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Gordon Deller , Andrew Tomas , Fred Phillips, Dr. Miran Lindtner
(c) People Magazine 1957


For years there was a general underground friction or competitiveness between groups, focused primary on Victorian groups, but extensively coming from Australian Flying Saucer Research Society (AFSRS) in South Australia and UFOIC.

The general causes were numerous, but the primary motivation was around power or leadership.

A good example of the problem can be seen in these two news item.

1. Lawyer Peter Norris LL.B, was a very active and methodical spokesman. Norris and his group VFSRS pressed the need for Government research and created many of the opportunities with various Government bodies. Add the fact; all reports came to Victorian Government files and VFSRS proactive case research record, made those outside this power house feel isolated. One can see the friction in this document to ASIO in which AFSRS President Fred Stone describes his lack of trust in the Victorian group and that they were associated with a Sydney UFO Group that was controlled by people with “Pink” tendencies.


National Archives of Australia: A6122, 2004/00053526, digital image p17

2. By 1963 the South Australian group was finished, this lead to a push from Sydney, in which by taking control of the state groups magazine, UFOIC hoped that the authority would shift too their sphere.

So on the 23 February 1967, UFOIC V/Pres Mr. Harry O’Brian for copyright on the states groups magazine “Australian Flying Saucer Review”. This application was made without the knowledge of the other groups, when discovered the manoeuvre ‘backfired’ totally damaged the previously semi harmonious state of collaboration.


National Archives of Australia: A1336/1, 68837, digital image p12
Made an application National Archives of Australia: A1336/1, 68837, digital image p16

Victoria and Queensland protested and the application failed, however, that was the end and VFSRS closed the door on Sydney - the fracture was complete.


Over time UFOIC eventually collapses under Mr Fred Phillips and Bill Moser.

UFOIC last newsletter is sent out for Feb 1977., after that it was over and the group died.

See the National Library of Australia


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