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Magazine Articles on the Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus)

Please note that some of the magazine articles listed here are cryptozoological in nature, relating to post-1936 sightings in Tasmania or modern mainland Australian reports. In the future it is intended to list these separately, though you may wish to consult the bibliography of cryptozoological publications that I have compiled.

 

 

1913?

"Country Life" [English man visted Beaumaris in 1913 and commented on thylacines] (see Bell, 1967)

 

1917

Anonymous. (1917). Tasmanian Tigers. Scientific Australian 22(3): 60.

 

1921

Burrell, Harry. (1921). The Tasmanian Tiger or Wolf (photo). Australian Museum Magazine 1(3): 62.

 

1939

Sharland, Michael S. R. (1939). Tracking the Thylacine. Wild Life 1(8): 7-9.

 

1946

B. A. N. I. (1946). Puzzle of the Tasmanian tiger. Country Life, 23 August, p. 355.

Fleay, David. (1946). Tasmanian Tiger Hunt - Four Months in the Land of the Thylacine. Wild Life - Australian Nature Magazine 8(6): 186-193, 205-206. [June 1946]

Vaughan, H. M. (1946). The Tasmanian tiger. Country Life, 13/9/1946: 495-496.

Wildlife, July 1946, Vol. 8, (7), p.247.

Wildlife, Aug 1946, Vol. 8, (8), p.288

 

1949

Author?. (1949). Saving Rare Animals. Science News 56(11). [10 September issue]

 

Harman, I. (1949). Tasmania's wolf and devil. Zoo Life 4(3): 87.

 

1950

Donat, S. (1950). Les Thylacines, marsupiaux carnivores. Sciences et Voyages, new series 51: 95-96.

 

1953

SKYLINE, no 4. Annual Magazine, year 1953, by LAUNCESTON Walking Club [presumably contains an article about the thylacine footprints found and cast]

 

1955

Hickman, V. V. (1955). The Tasmanian Tiger. The Etruscan: staff magazine of the Bank of New South Wales 5(2): 8-11.

 

1957

Anonymous. (1957). Tasmanian "Tiger" Seen. Walkabout 23(3): 47.

Frauca, Harry. (1957). How to catch a Tasmanian tiger. Australian Outdoors, September, pp. 22-25, 77-79.

Sharland, Michael S. R. (1957). In search of the vanished "tiger". People, 3 April, p. 25-26.

 

1958

Graves, Kathleen E. (1958). The Rarest Animal in the World. Walkabout 24(4): 15-16.

Guiler, Eric Rowland. (1958). The Thylacine. Australian Museum Magazine 12: 352-354.

Oxer, Gordon. (1958). The Tasmanian Tiger (Walkabout's Mail Bag). Walkabout 24(9): 38. [thylacine photo]

 

1960

People, 17 Aug 1960

 

1962

People, 9 May 1962

 

1963

Anonymous. (1963). Animal in Danger. Animals 2(2): pagination?. [J. H. Calaby: "Photograph inside front cover and note on Thylacinus"]

Fleay, David. (1963). Strange Animals of Australia. National Geographic 124(3): 388-411. [September issue]

Gill, Edmund D. (1963). The Australian Aborigines and the Giant Extinct Marsupials. Australian Natural History 14(8): 263-266.

 

1965

Gasking, Ian. (1965). Underworld of the Nullarbor. Walkabout 31(11): 18-22. [almost complete thylacine skeleton discovered in Murra-el-elevyn Cave]

 

1966

Anonymous. (1966). Rare tiger trace seen. Science News 90(8): front cover, 118. [20 August]

Author?. (1966). [title?]. Science News 90(27). [31 December issue]

Cook, D. L. (1966). Tasmanian Tiger's Haunts (Mail Bag). Walkabout 32(3): 6.

 

1967

Author?. (1967). Earth and Environment Notes. Science News 92(5). [29 July issue]

Bell, E. A. (1967). "Tigers" were her hobby. The Australian Women's Weekly, Wednesday, 10 May, p. 12-13. ["Alive still—"but elusive]

Foltelny, J. G. (1967). Gibt es einen australischen Tiger? Kosmos 63: 292-294.

 

1968

Brammall, H. (1968). Marsupial Tiger (Mail Bag). Walkabout 34(9): 5.

Colbron-Pearse, Dennis. (1968). Tame tiger. Walkabout 34(12): 8. [correspondence; the artist recalls his possible sighting in 1929 near Lake Fenton]

Courtney, Bill. (1968). Cannibal Dogs (Mail Bag). Walkabout 34(9): 6.

Courtney, Bill. (1968). Animals Fool the Experts (Mail Bag). Walkabout 34(10): 6.

Harris, Samela. (1968). Hold that tiger! Walkabout 34(6): 28-31. [reports of thylacines in south-eastern South Australia]

Lighton, R. F. (1968). Tasmanian tiger believed sighted. Sci. News 93: 569.

Lubbock, Adelaide. (1968). Was it a tiger? Walkabout 34(12): 8. [correspondence; possible thylacine sighting between Adelong and Tumbarumba, NSW]

Pizzey, Graham. (1968). Victim of the dingo. Melbourne Herald, Weekend Magazine, 25 May, p. 29.

 

1969

Anonymous. (1969). Tigers, Devils, monsters and things that walk in the night. Wildl. in Aust. 6: 54.

 

1970

Anonymous. (1970). The rare thylacine. Nature Walkabout 6(2): 5-7.

Parker, Heather. (1970). Is it the Tasmanian Tiger? The Australian Women's Weekly, Wednesday, 25 February, p. 35, 56, 61.

 

1972

Brown, Robert "Bob". (1972). The Tasmanian Tiger. Skyline 21: 29-31.

Griffith, Jeremy. (1972). The search for the Tasmanian Tiger: Do the continuing reports of sightings mean that this primitive carnivore is not extinct? Natural History 81(10): 70-77.

 

1973

Brown, Robert "Bob". (1973). Tiger Pause (Viewpoint). Walkabout 39(11): 56.

Sayles, Jim. (1973). Track of the Tiger... Walkabout 39(8): 22-27. [photographed footprint and called up a thylacine]

Serventy, Vincent (ed.) and Raymond, R. (1973). The Tasmanian Tiger. Australia's Wildlife Heritage 2(20): 628-631.

Stivens, D. (1973). The thylacine mystery. Animal Kingdom 76(3): 18-23.

Anonymous. (1973). Our Rare Ones: The Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacine. Woman’s Day, 24 December.

 

1977

Malley, James Frederick. (1977). One mans tiger. Australiana Trek 1(1): 22-24.

Author?. (year?). Fortean Times 25: 36. [a pack of thylacine-like animals seen on the Vic/NSW border in 1977]

 

1980

Brass, Ken. (1980). The $55,000 search to find a Tasmanian tiger. The Australian Women's Weekly 24 Sept., pp. 40-41.

Explorer's Journal, June 1980, USA: The Explorer's Club. ["Devils, Quolis, Dunnarts and Thylacines - a survey of Tasmanian mammals"]

de Groen, Frances. The thylacine hunter [online]. Quadrant, Vol. 24, No. 6, June 1980: 67.

Guiler, Eric Rowland. (1980). The thylacine–an unsolved case. Australian Natural History 20(2): 69-70.

Sayles, J. (1980). Stalking the Tasmanian tiger. Animal Kingdom 82(6): 35-40.

 

1982

Anonymous. (1982). Eighty-year-old Tasmanian Tiger dissected. Omega Science Digest 1982(July/August): 27.

Fox, Allan. (1982). Tiger country. Panorama 5: 36,38,41. [Trove: "Rock painting of thylacine at Obiri in Kakadu National Park; triggers memory of possible encounter with thylacine in Tasmania."]

Hughes, R. Leon. (1982). Tasmanian Tigers - Extinct but still around. Scientific Australian 6(3): 13-14. [different to the 1917 magazine above, which was disbanded in 1924]

Yendall, D. (1982). Search for the thylacine. Wildlife (International), 24 May: 182-183.

 

1983

Goss, Michael. (1983). Tracking Tasmania's Mystery Beast. Fate 36(July): 34-43.

 

1984

Anonymous. (1984). Tassie tiger's tale. [publication?] 7(4): 4-5.

Archer, Michael. (1984). Letters: Doubts on Thylacine. Australian Natural History 21(6): 263.

Mooney, Nick J. (1984). Tasmanian tiger sighting casts marsupial in new light. Australian Natural History 21(5): 177-180.

 

1985

Bunk, Steve. (1985). Just how extinct is Tasmania's tiger. International Wildlife 15(4): 36-39. [July/August]

"Out of Place". (1985). The News 9: 15-20.

Park, Andy. (1985). Is this toothy relic still on the prowl in Tasmania’s wilds? Smithsonian magazine 16(5): 117-130. [Abstract]

Small, Mary. (1985). Tasmanian tiger mystery. Is this creature extinct, or has it learnt from harsh experience to avoid successfully its worst enemy - man? This Australia 5(1): 6-11.

 

1986

Douglas, Athol M. (1986a). Tigers in Western Australia? New Scientist, 24 April, pp. 44-47.

Douglas, Athol M. (1986b). Thylacine lives? (letter to the editor). New Scientist, 24 July, 111(1518): 63.

Park, Andy. (1986). Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Merely Elusive? Australian Geographic 1(3): 66-83.

Strahan, Ronald. (1986). Photographic memory (letter to the editor). New Scientist, 26 June, p. 82.

Webster, Matt. (1986). Tasmanian tigers. New Scientist, 15 May, 1508: 76.

 

1987

Buttrose, Larry. (1987). Yowies and Thylacines Alive: One Man's Vision. The Living Australia Magazine 1987(May): [pagination?].

Rickard, Bob. (1987). The return of the tiger? Fortean Times 49: 5-7. [unseen by the present author; said to criticize the Kevin Cameron photos published in (Douglas, 1986)]

 

1988

Anonymous. (1988). Where's that tiger? National Geographic World 152: 34. [Abstract]

Author?. (1988). Creatures of the Dreamtime. Science News 133(16). [16 April issue]

Author?. (1988). [title?]. Science News 133(26). [25 June issue]

Author?. (1988). Back Matter. Science News 134(25). [17 December issue]

 

1990

Douglas, Athol M. (1990). The Thylacine: A Case for Current Existence on Mainland Australia. Cryptozoology/Cryptozoologie 9: 13-25.

Faith, Daniel P. (1990). Search for the thylacine’s sister. Australian Natural History 23(7): 547-553. [p. 546 is a photograph]

 

1992

Dash, Mike and Gilroy, Rex. (1992). The Lost Australians. Fortean Times 62: 54-56.

Morgan, G. (1992). The Tasmanian Tiger Comes Out of the Shadows. Leatherwood: Tasmania's Journal of Discovery 1(4): [pagination?].

 

1993

Anonymous. (1993). Thylacine drops in? Nexus New Times 2(16): 62.

 

1994

Greenwell, J. R. (1994). Who's seen the thylacine. BBC Wildlife July 1994: 48. [According to J. H. Callaby: "Alleged sightings of thylacines in Western Australia, written by a "cryptozoologist" who wants to believe it"]

 

1996

Shuker, Karl P. N. (1996). ["The beast of Buderim – is Australian cryptozoology's star in stripes a mainland thylacine"]. Wild About Animals [volume?]: [pagination?]. [the link is an online reprint on Dr. Shuker's famous blog, with original title?]

 

1997

Archer, Michael. (1997). Tiger, tiger out of sight. Nature Australia 25(8): 70-71.

Author?. (1997). Here, There Everywhere! The Australian Magazine 1997(November 15-16): 12-18.

Whittaker, Mark. (1997). Look! There’s one! Australian Magazine 15-16: 12-18. ["Tasmanian tigers aren't extinct, they're everywhere say believers; but scientists say thylacine hunters are just chasing their tails"]

Wild, Mary. (1997). Tigers in the outback. E: The Environmental Magazine 8(3): 22. [unfortunately contains several factual errors]

 

1998

Agnone, Julie Vosburgh. (1998). Any sign of a thylacine? National Geographic World 269: 5. [Abstract]

 

1999

Caneris, Adrian. (1999). From the president. Wildlife Australia 36(2): 2. [Abstract]

Freeman, Richard. (1999). The case of the British thylacine. Animals & Men 19: 16-18.

O'Neill, G. (1999). Test Tube Tigers. The Bulletin, 16 Nov., pp. 44-46.

Webb, Sharon. (1999). Thylacine cloning is ‘big time dreamtime’. Australasian Science 20(8): 19-21.

 

2000

Anonymous. (2000). What the Devil? Current Science 86(6): 11[-?]. [Abstract]

Boroughs, D. (2000). Stripes and shadows. Timbila: Magazine of the South African National Parks, 2 (1), np. [irrelevant reference?]

Colgan, Don and Archer, Michael. (2000). The Thylacine Project. Australasian Science 21(1): 21. ["Don Colgan and Mike Archer respond to criticisms of plans to clone the extinct Tasmanian tiger."]

Nolch, Guy. (2000). Thylacine DNA raises cloning hopes. Australasian Science 21(5): 5. [Abstract]

Westrup, Hugh. (2000). Bringing Back the Dead. Current Science 86(6): 10. [Abstract]

 

2001

Dayton, Leigh. (2001). Rough justice. New Scientist 170(2291): 46. [Abstract]

 

2002

Anonymous. (2002). Thylacine reborn? Earth Island Journal 17(3): 18-19.

Clausen, Lisa. (2002). Extinct, or just elusive? Time International (South Pacific Edition) 23: 16. [Abstract]

Colgan, Don. (2002). Thylacine cloning is a long shot. Australasian Science 23(6): 15. [Abstract]

Dunn, Ashley. (2002). The end of extinction? Australasian Science 23(6): 14. [Abstract]

Safe, M. (2002). Crouching tiger, galloping science. Australian Magazine, 1 June, pp. 10-12.

Weidensaul, Scott. (2000a). Raising the dead. Audubon Magazine 104(3): 58. [Abstract]

Weidensaul, S. (2002b). The Death of a Species: How Tasmania's Marsupial Wolf Became Extinct. Audubon Magazine 5: unpaginated.

 

2003

Archer, Michael. (2003). Cloning the Thylacine: the “yes” case. 40° South Tasmania 28: 19-20.

Ryan, Chris. (2003). The Great Tassie Tiger Hunt. Ralph [2003](September): 144. [Abstract]

Svitil, Kathy A. (2003). Bringing the Tasmanian tiger back from the dead. Discover 24(10): 16.

Vangelova, Luba. (2003). True or False? Extinction is Forever. Smithsonian Magazine 34(3): 22. [Abstract]

 

2004

Musser, Anne. (2004). [Book review of Thylacine by David Owen]. Nature Australia 28(1): 78.

Power, Matthew. (2004). [Book review of David Owen's Tasmanian Tiger]. Discover Magazine 25(12): 76.

 

2005

Archer, Michael "Mike". (2005). Not dead, just stuffed. The Bulletin 123(6463): 13 or 22.

Author? (2005). What we learnt this month. Ecologist 35(3): 10. [Abstract]

Freeman, Richard. (2005). In Search of the Thylacine. Phenomena [Magazine]. 10 May 2005.

 

2006

Bürgin, Luc. (2006). Tasmanischer Tiger fotografiert. Mysteries 4: 8-10.

Dub, Tim. (2006). Dreamtime in tiger country. Outback Magazine 48: [pagination?]. [Excerpt]

Guynup, Sharon. (2006). Resurrecting extinct animals. Popular Science 268(2): 54. [Abstract]

Kellett, Mark. (2006). Tyger, tyger burnt out: The demise of the thylacine. Australian Heritage 2006: 73-78.

 

2007

Pickrell, John. (2007). Extinct thylacine may have lived until 1960s. Cosmos Magazine, 28 June.

 

2008

Luntz, Stephen. (2008). Scat clues to thylacine extinction. Australasian Science 29(1): 9. [Abstract]

Shakespeare, Nicholas. (2008). Why the Elusive Tasmanian Tiger Might Not Be Extinct After All. Reader's Digest (UK) [2008](December): [pagination?].

 

2009

Greer, Allen. (2009). Cloning the Thylacine. Quadrant Magazine 53(7-8): 28. [Abstract]

 

2011

Andrews, Crispin. (2011). The Tasmanian tiger meets the British lion: [Did a thylacine ever lurk in the English Lake District?] [online]. 40 [degrees] South 63 (Summer): 74-76.

 

2012

Anonymous. (2012). Thylacines lacked diversity. Australasian Science 33(6): 9. [Abstract]

Attard, Marie Rosanna Gabrielle and Wroe, Stephen. (2012). The Thylacine Myth. Australasian Science 33(5): 19-22.

Author? (2012). Dingos May Have Outfoxed Tigers. Australasian Science 33(6): 8. [Abstract]

Bristow, Mila. (2012) Tracking down rock art records of thylacines and sailing ships. Australian Forest Grower 35(3): 19. [Abstract]

Smith, Claire. (2012). Dedicated to Benjamin - The last Tasmanian Tiger. Australian Wildlife News 9: 13.

 

2013

AAP and Macdonald, Fiona. (2013). Dingoes cleared of mainland extinctions. Australian Geographic, 9 September.

Author? (2013). Dingo versus Thylacine. Wildlife Australia 50(2): 19. [Abstract]

Bailey, Col. (2013). The truth will be revealed: I have seen the Tassie tiger. Crikey, 15 November. [Free preview]

Hall, Ashley. (2013). Cryptozoology Defined. Paranormal Underground 6(12): 28-29.

Luntz, Stephen. (2013). Bounty Was Sole Cause of Thylacine Extinction. Australasian Science 34(3): 5.

 

2014

Richards, Robert G. (2014). A Pardon for the Dingo. Science 343(6167): 142-143. [Abstract]

Weinzierl, Michael and Domack, Eugene. (2014). Applied Cryptozoology - Using Leeches to Locate the Thylacine. Tasmanian Geographic, online magazine.

 

2015

Freeman, Carol J. (2015). ["See my article about Peter Clayfield's collection of Thylacine images on pp 24-30 of the latest 40 SOUTH magazine." (comment written 25 June 2015)]

Freeman, Richard. (2015). Tasmanian Wolf at the Door. Animals & Men 52: 47-61.

 

2016

Andrews, Crispin and Lang, Rebecca. (2016). Tiger time. 40 [degrees] South 82: 61-63. [Abstract: "Eighty years ago, on September 7, 1936, the last captive thylacine died in Hobart Zoo."]

Anonymous. (2016). Tiger Tales: Col Bailey Returns With New Book on the Thylacine. Wild, 14 April.

Author?. (2016). The Thylacine — or Tasmanian Tiger. Cryptid Culture 3: 50-53.

Freeman, Carol J. (2016). The thylacine: Gone is gone. 40 [degrees] South 83: 14-19. [Abstract]

Gōmez, Carlos Roberto Gonella. (2016). Thylacinus cynocephalus: Historia natural, filogenia, teorías de su extinción, posible existencia y futura resurrección. Jangala Magazine 19: 25-27,29-30,33-36,38-43,45-47,49-52,54-61,63-66.

Waters, Neil. (2016). Carta a la editorial. Jangala Magazine 20: 4-5 [English], 6-8 [Spanish].

West, Chris. (2016). Tiger watch. Gippsland The Lifestyle Autumn 2016: 112-114.

 

2017

Block, Erik. (2017). The History of the Thylacine in Captivity. Zoo Grapevine & International Zoo News 44: 29-33.

Gmelch, Sharon Bohn and Gmelch, Morgan Z. (2017). Lost then Loved: The Case of the Tasmanian Tiger. Natural History 2017: 36-41.

Klein, Alice. (2017). Odds that Tasmanian tigers are still alive are 1 in 1.6 trillion. New Scientist, 18 April.

Lawton, Graham. (2017). Eye on the tiger. New Scientist 234(3124): 40-41. [Abstract: "Two tantalising sightings have got Bill Laurance on the hunt for Australia's most famous extinct animal"]

Meredith, Peter. (2017). An endless quest. Australian Geographic 138(May-June): 74-87.

Smith, A. (2017). Estimating odds against spotting a thylacine. New Scientist 234(3127): 54.

 

2018

Jarvis, Brooke. (2018). Paper Tiger: Could a global icon of extinction still be alive? The New Yorker, 2 July, pp. 44-51. 

Pickrell, John. (2018). Return of the Living Thylacine. Cosmos Magazine 78: [pagination?].

 

2020

Stocker, Fiona and Thurrowgood, David. (2020). Burning bright: 'A thylacine comes home'. Forty South Tasmania, No. 97, Winter 2020: 12-17. [Abstract]

 

Acknowledgements

I sincerely thank John Tsimbinos and Neil Gill for their contributions to this list. Particularly the former, who provided me with scanned copies of many of the early pre-1980 magazine articles.