It has been said that Tasmania is a 'small town'. It is therefore virtually impossible to keep a secret any secret. Accordingly, we have used the tried and true 'oral tradition' of Tasmania to follow up sightings in the greater Lilydale and Scottsdale communities.

Most of the interviewees had not called upon any Government instrumentality to report their sightings.

Understanding the reticence of people to discuss sightings, we knocked on doors in the Scottsdale/Lilydale areas, followed up on related stories and made numerous phone calls.

We aimed to present as broad a cross-section of the community as possible. The reader will notice that no predominant section of the community has been represented. Sighters of the Thylacine (or its likeness) include teachers, bush folk, timber getters, an electrician, a clerk, a retired grazier's wife. If we have erred in this Report, it has been through our caution in selecting interviewees. Indeed, we have rejected some possible sighters because of their young age or the distance of the sightings from the Panama Forest area. If we had investigated all possible sightings, we would have travelled all over the State.

Because of the mythological proportions of the Thylacine, we have sought double sightings where we could. A 'double sighting' is defined as a sighting of the Thylacine (or its like) by two or more reputable people at the same time.

Names have not been used in this Report to protect individuals from public ridicule. Instead, we have identified interviewees as #1, #2, etc. However, all those who have given information for this Report can be contacted and are willing to give the serious inquirer verification of the information used here. Identification of reporters will be given solely by us.

Academic qualifications and experience:

    Buck Emberg, BA (American History & Philosophy), B D (American History & Counselling), M Div (American History & Counselling), MA (Propoganda & Intellectual History). Buck Emberg has lectured in numerous institutions, colleges, and universities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books. He is currently a co-owner of Tap Root Press, Australia.

    Joan Dehle Emberg, BA (English Literature & Geography), Dip Ed (English & Social Science), TTC, M Litt (American Literature). Joan Emberg taught for many years in the upper levels of the Tasmanian Education System. She recently retired as Lecturer in English, English Literature, and Geography for the University of Maryland in the European and Asian Divisions, a position she held for fifteen years. She is also the author or co-author of fourteen books. She is currently a co-owner of Tap Root Press, Australia.

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