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Bill Chalker

Bill Chalker is easily the most recognised Ufologist in Australia. Born in Grafton, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, in 1952, he was educated at the University of New England, graduating with an Honours Science Degree (B.Sc. Hons.) with majors in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Since 1975, he has worked in the food university as an industrial chemist, laboratory manager and quality manager.

Bill Chalker is one of Australia's leading UFO researchers and has written extensively on the subject. He is a contributing editor for the International UFO Reporter, and in 1977, he was a major contributor to the NSW UFO INVESTIGATION CENTRE (UFOIC). This was the leading UFO research organisation in Australia at the time.

He was the Australian representative for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO) from 1978 to 1986 and NSW state representative for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from 1976 to 1993.

Bill Chalker has undertaken extensive research and published major papers on many topics including Australian physical evidence, historical Australian reports (pre 1947), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and UFOs, Australian "missing time" events and UFO abduction experiences.

Over the years, Bill has remained at the forefront of research and investigation. In 1982, Bill Chalker was the first civilian researcher to gain direct access to the previously classified RAAF UFO files during several visits to the Canberra headquarters of the Directorate of Air Force Intelligence. He described his access in the following way:

"Prior to 1982, civilian UFO researchers only had a confused and vague picture of clandestine official involvement in Australia. In the face of the lethargy in the RAAF's replies to serious enquiries, I stepped up my efforts at diplomatically trying to get direct access to the RAAF UFO files. It probably surprised me more than anybody else when the RAAF finally agreed to permit me to examine their files.

The extent of access was unprecedented in the history of the Australian UFO controversy. From the first of my visits to the Russell Offices of the Department of Defence, in Canberra, on January 11th, 1982 to my last in June, 1984, I was able to scrutinise the extent of official UFO investigations in Australia. For the first time a detailed "inside" picture was revealed of RAAF investigations.

I was able to undertake the first officially sanctioned direct review of the Australian government's UFO files. Over two and a half years, I was able to:

(1) examine the majority of the extant UFO files held by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at the Directorate of Air Force Intelligence (DAFI), Department of Defence, Russell Offices, Canberra.

(2) examine the entirety of the extant UFO files held by the Department of Aviation at their Bureau of Air Safety Investigation in Melbourne, Victoria.

The review has provided a detailed understanding of official involvement in Australia.

On Monday morning, January 11th, 1982, I arrived at the Russell Offices of the Department of Defence, in Canberra, to undertake a review of the RAAF/Department of Defence UFO files.

This was the first time that a civilian researcher had been afforded this sort of access. For almost thirty years, the RAAF had been the official body invested with the responsibility of investigating reports of UFOs or unusual aerial sighting (UAS) reports in Australia and its territories. Until then no clear and unambigious picture had emerged about the role the RAAF played in the UFO controversy in Australia.

Two polarised positions had emerged. The RAAF was covering up its high level involvement in an international "cover-up" of UFO facts, perhaps in concert with the US Air Force. Or, the RAAF was bureaucratically locked into a responsibility it had long since decided was a waste of time, but contined as a service to the general public."

Bill Chalker has undertaken extensive investigations into claims of UFO cover-ups by the military etc in Australia and the roles played by various government agencies and individuals in governmental, intelligence and military enquiries.

In 1985, in an article in OMEGA Science Digest, Bill Chalker revealed the national security implications of a provocative UFO report over the sensitive North West Cape facility that took place on the same day the base was used for issuing a full nuclear alert.

During 1993, he assisted in research for the popular TV programme The Extraordinary particularly in the segment featuring the famous radar visual sighting of Naval pilot Shamus O'Farrell. In 1996, his book on the Australia UFO experience, The OZ Files: the Australian UFO story, was published.

Bill Chalker also observed a "daylight disc" from the University of New England campus at Armidale, New South Wales. He describes the event in the following account: Daylight Disc Sighting. He also had experienced the Angel Hair phenomenon personally.

Bill's science degree with majors in Chemistry and Mathematics proved invaluable in identifying physical traces at various known saucer landing sites. One such famous case was known as the Tully Saucer Nest in 1966. Bill has written dozens of articles on UFO cases and continues to lead the way for all of us.

Another book was released in 2005, The hair of the alien. Bill concentrated on alien abduction and DNA evidence available. This is a compelling read for those that want to know what proof exists.

Studies and articles by Bill Chalker, archived by the Australian UFO Research Network web page, are as follows:

The Min Min Light Revealed: Nature Unbound?....Part 1
The Min Min Light Revealed: Nature Unbound?....Part 2

Rosedale Victoria : A Close Encounter

Government and UFOs

UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 1
UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 2
UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 3
UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 4
UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 5
UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy....Pt 6
Australian Aboriginal Culture and Possible UFO Connections
The Ultimate Secret - Fact orion: The Australian Connection
UFO Flaps

Early Australia Historical Encounters
The 1966 Tully Saucer "Nest": A Classic UFO Physical Trace Case
Bizzare UFO 'Light' Phenomena at Kiama

A Ufo Vision 1868
The Bolanai Visitants of 1959
The Newry Thing
UFO Crash/Retrieval Stories: The Australian Experience
The "Sea Fury Incident": August 31, 1954, Nowra, Australia
Australian Ufology
Australian UFO Physical Trace Cases - A Review
A Catalogue of Australian Physical Trace Cases

Focusing on the Preservation of Australian Ufo History

Air Marshall Sir George Jones and the UFO

The Drury UFO Film Affair....Part 1
The Drury UFO Film Affair....Part 2
A Proven Focused DNA Technique for Assessing Claims of Alien Abduction
The World's first DNA PCR investigation of Biological Evidence from an Alien Abduction
'New Directions in Alleged Alien Abduction Investigation and Research'
The Gundah Mackay Abduction Milieu

Andrew Tomas: Australian UFO Pioneer (1906-2001)

Flying Saucery, Cosmic Bethlehem, and Midwich Cuckoos: The Cynthia Appleton Contacts (1957-1959)
Hair of the Alien – The DNA Paradigm
The UFO Experience in China: A report by Bill Chalker

The Australasian UFOlogist (1996 – 2006): A Decade of Revealing the "UFO Vision"
Australian UFO History Wars: Lessons and Approaches to the Australian UFO Controversy



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