First it was Leprechauns in the USA, Oompa Loompas in the UK, and now comes a report of Smurfs bashing a man in Oz.
Are we seeing a multiple continent invasion?
The Smurfs made their alleged assault on December 16, 2012, in Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia. Australians pronounce Australia as "Ozstralia," and thus so "Oz" is a shortened version of referring to the country, especially by Aussies (Australians) and Kiwis (New Zealanders.
Pascoe Vale was named after the John Pascoe Fawkner Estate, which was originally a holding of 709 acres (2.87 km2). The estate, established in 1839, was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek to the west, Gaffney Street to the south, Northumberland Road to the east and Rhodes Parade to the north. John Pascoe Fawkner built a timber house overlooking the creek, in the Marie Street area of Oak Park.
John Pascoe Fawkner (20 October 1792 – 4 September 1869) was an early pioneer, businessman and politician of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 1835 he financed a party of free settlers from Van Diemen's Land (now called Tasmania), to sail to the mainland in his ship, Enterprize. Fawkner's party sailed to Port Phillip and up the Yarra River to found a settlement which became the city of Melbourne. Sources: 1, 2 & 3.
The Crichton Leprechaun has taken on legendary status, with over 22 million YouTube views of the report. One on-site reporter named Scott Walker remembers that
...the report didn't start out to be about a leprechaun. The TV crew was dispatched to find out why crowds were gathering in the Crichton community. Pronounced Crigh-ton, the area near Toulminville is divided by Spring Hill Avenue into North Crichton and South Crichton, bounded generally by Mobile Street, Dauphin Street and Interstate 65.It was when the TV crew arrived to find out why people were all gathering that 'things sort of snowballed,' Walker said. 'People were looking up at a tree and saying there was a Leprechaun in it,' he wrote. Source.