Australasian Society for Psychical Research
The Australasian Society for Psychical Research, and the related
UFO organization, UFORUM, are the major organizations
tracking parapsychological and ufological data in Western
Australia. They trace their beginning to the interest
aroused at the end of the 1970s at Murdoch University in psychical
research by a Professor Frodsham. His talks and media
appearances attracted a group that in 1980 formed the West
Australia Society for Psychical Research (WASPR). Over the
next years some of the initial optimism and interest waned.
Then around 1983, the group split. Those more interested in
Spiritualism formed another group, the Psychic Development
Association. The WASPR evolved into the Australian Society for
Psychical Research (ASPR).
The ASPR continued through the 1980s. Then, in 1987, following
the publication of Whitley Strieber’s book, Communion,
they decided that they also had an interest in ufology, especially
the abduction phenomenon. They formed a subgroup called
UFORUM which has subsequently integrated itself into the international
UFO network.
The ASPR, now the Australasian Society for Psychical Research,
is headquartered at P.O. Box 626, Applecross 6153,
West Australia. Its Journal of Alternative Realities covers the
broad interests from UFOs to parapsychology to fortean phenomena.
It has a web presence at
~amilaniufo.html. Through the interest of several members,
including vice president Michael Jordan, the ASPR has developed
special ties to the Centro Italiano di Parapsychologia, a
group promoting the channeling of Corrado Piancastelli.
Australasian Society for Psychical Research. http March 4, 2000.

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