The site is now owned by the Queensland Government and will be destroyed to make way for the Gympie Bypass in the very near future.
Further north, in far North Queensland lies an area rich in mineral deposits. Located near Cairns, Queensland is a 922m high pyramid shaped mountain, called 'Walsh's Pyramid', which is part of a granite intrusion that underlies the Bellenden Ker Range in Queensland's Wooroonooran National Park. Although the pyramid shaped mountain is thought to be a natural formation, many reports have surfaced over the years, documenting unusual finds in the area that suggest the possibility of ancient visitors of Egyptian and Phoenecian heritage. So many reports in fact, that it would be a time consuming task to cover all details in this article. I would highly recommend the interested seeker look at the abundance of information found on the following websites, which includes the investigations of Marilyn Pye released in 1985 regarding the Gordonvale Scarab uncovered in the area. You might also like to look at the extensive research of Rex and Heather Gilroy encompassing an ancient step pyramid hidden deep in the Cape York Peninsular, originally found by a Cooktown farmer, while clearing rainforest in a remote area in the mid-19th century. Locals also speak of a stepped pyramid found near Gordonvale, whether this is one and the same, I am unsure, but the date given to the two differ, as the one at Gordonvale was said to have been uncovered in 1890.
A few other finds in the area include...
- A Grecian coin dated at 23 BC. and more scarabs were found in Gordonvale, Cairns as well as rock inscriptions discovered in 1910 and 1978, suggesting that a second Egyptian colony had begun c. 200 – 300 BC.
- The Brisbane 'Sunday Sun' newspaper dated 24th July, 1989, featured an article that cited a small stone scarab with hieroglyphics – an amulet or seal of office for an important official had been unearthed in 1910 at Mossman, North Queensland. The scarab was originally found two metres below the surface during the construction of a well. It was 9cm in length and made of sandstone. It is known that scarab seals were worn or placed on property from Egypt to Syria. Commanders of the Egyptian ships and army forces also used them as insignia. It also reported of an unusual mound with a perfect square base was found in dense rainforest near Townsville.
- 2000 year-old Greek and Ptolemaic coins were reportedly found at numerous coastal locations in northern Australia. The most notable was one found by Andrew Henderson in 1910 at the Barron Falls near Cairns, Queensland. It was identified as a Ptolemy IV bronze coin bearing a recognizable head of the horned Zeus of Ommon. It was 1½" in diameter and ¼" thick and regarded as a priceless relic. It was apparently identified by the Brisbane Numismatic Society c. 1959 as being minted in Barce, Cyrenaica during the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy IV who ruled from c. 221 to 204 BC. The reverse side shows an eagle riding a thunderbolt – a Ptolemaic insignia.
- A Rameses I royal cartouche (an oval ring enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphics) estimated to be several thousand years old was dug up in North Queensland in 1911.
- In 1912, workmen digging a well shaft at Gordonvale south of Cairns unearthed, at a depth of 12 feet, a large rock carved in the form of a scarab beetle, an object of worship in ancient Egypt.
- In the late 1960's, Rockhampton in Central Queensland was credited with the finding of an Egyptian calendar stone and gold scarabs, gold coins and other artefacts estimated to be aged around 2700 BC.
- An obelisk stone with a pyramid apex was found in scrubland at Coen in North Queensland in 1978.
- Magnetic metallic granite artefacts similar to Black Mountain rocks outside Cooktown, North Queensland were supposedly found at the great pyramid in Egypt.
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