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Egyptian Hieroglyphs NSW Australia

Just over an hours drive north of Sydney within the tranquil surroundings of National Park Forrest, exists over 300 controversial ancient hieroglyphic carvings. The carvings are well concealed in bushland approximately 1km from the park entrance and located between two flat sandstone walls approximately four meters high with a walkway in between measuring just over one meter wide and accessible only by a small chute from above or below the chasm.

Sightings of the mysterious Egyptian carvings are said to be recorded as far back as the early 1900’s, and further sightings listed from the 1950's through to the 1980's . Much controversy has taken place over the years as to their authenticity. Many have claimed them to be a hoax, an apparent prank orchestrated by a group of NSW University students. Some say an ex World War veteran carved them after returning home from service in Egypt.   

Although, many an academic and researcher have argued over the glyphs authenticity, many don't consider the fact that most Egyptologists are all trained to read Middle Egyptian and upward - The classic Egyptian dictionaries deal with Middle Egyptian glyphs only. Only as recent as 2012 was an updated version released, containing many symbols never published previously. Therefore, any translations up until now, have been achieved using only one or two reference books, that of Alan Gardiner and Wallis Budge, thus bringing much skepticism to the authenticity of the glyphs as a number of the symbols could not be located using the limited resources, yet they exist upon various Temple walls in Egypt.

Before the invention of the hieroglyphic alphabet, the hieroglyphic texts consisted of thousands of signs, of which the ancient Egyptian scholars and priesthood, as much as 4000 years ago pondered over and tried to find the meanings. Just as in these modern times, so in those times scholars came from all over the then known world to try to solve the riddle of these ancient scripts. EA Wallis Budge, in the forming of his dictionary consisting of thousands of hieroglyphic words, has this to say......

The professional copyists of the book of the Dead, and the monastic scribes who laboriously transcribed coptic, syriac, arabic, and ethiopic texts in Egypt, Ethiopia and Syria, made many mistakes, mis-spelt words of the archetypes in their copies, omitted whole lines, and made nonsense of many passages by omitting parts of words and mixing together remaining parts. Many many years must pass before the perfect Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary can or will, be written, and meanwhile the present work may serve as a stop-gap. - EA Budge

This shows us that, no matter what translation any researcher comes up with, it will always be open to conjecture, as the dictionaries themselves are not full proof.

Ray Johnson spent some years researching the area and is credited with translating extremely ancient texts for the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, he was successful in documenting and translating both of the walls. According to Ray Johnson, the hieroglyphs tell the story of early Egyptian explorers, injured and stranded, in Ancient Australia. His translation tells the story of a tragic voyage resulting in the unfortunate death of their expedition leader and of his traditional burial tomb nearby.

The late Ray Johnson also noticed the inconsistencies and contradictions in the Book of the Dead, and other works. He stated that hieroglyphic writing was an offshoot of pictorial art, and each picture generally showed what it meant to say and was one whole word. He also found that most glyphs had kept their sound values through the ages.

Ray Johnson's work was later continued by Dr.Hans-Dieter von Senff, who's in depth research and published works created further criticisms from Government officials and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services, who still to this day refuse to acknowledge the possibility that this area could well be one of major historical significance for Australia, as a world heritage site.  

"There appears to be too much original material at the Kariong Hieroglyphic Site, that has

been dismissed in the past as fake or a hoax. As the statements of the NSW Department of

National Parks and Wildlife indicate, no proper archeological investigation has ever been

conducted, and nothing has been surveyed, because it does not fit the pre-conceived ideas

of so-called specialists. " - Hans- Dieter von Senff

Links to the valued research of Hans Dieter von Senff , see here -

Earlier this year, I sent a copy of my own scribed (approx 300) symbols of the walls to associates in Egypt Mohamed Ibrahim and Yousef Awyan , specialists in reading late, middle and early dynastic hieroglyphic symbols. The expert team in Egypt have just released their findings after months of in depth study. They confirm these ARE real, legitimate Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Some of the hieroglyphs found on these walls were only placed into official Egyptian Hieroglyphs reference books in 2012 immediately disproving ALL long-standing ‘hoax’ theories. Mohamed states that there was one symbol that could not be found in any of the reference books, yet it was located on the walls of the Kom Ombo Temple.

They produced a very comprehensive study on the hieroglyphs and their translation, leaving no doubt of their authenticity. Although the time frame and some of the translation differs to that of earlier examples, the base of the story remains the same. They believe that the Egyptians and Aboriginal people had a long standing relationship with each other, and these voyages were not a one off, but possibly the last of its kind due to the time frame given of approx 500BC, the time of the Persian Invasion of Egypt, and the subsequent invasions here after. The translation speaks of a fleet of Egyptian ships that were leaving the east coast of Australia, hit heavy winds and rain, and that many on board perished as a result. The hieroglyphic walls and its surrounds would appear to have been erected as a shrine and burial place in memory of this fatal journey.

Please take the time to listen to the 3 part video they have produced giving their introduction, authenticity and translation of the glyphs.v

Another reason the academics and skeptics have not supported the theory of this being an authentic ancient site, is due to the unprofessional nature of the scribing itself, as the hieroglyphs differ greatly to the precise craftmanship we see displayed upon the temple walls in Egypt. However there are sites found in Egypt, far away from the populated kingdoms, where similar hieroglyphs of an unprofessional nature are located, these having been carved by workers sent on various expeditions. A paper written by an archaeologist from the Tel Aviv University states -

'Egyptians who went beyond the Nile Valley on mining and quarrying expeditions carried Egypt in their hearts and minds and hoped to return there. Their behaviour was formed by what they knew and valued, and this found expression in the inscriptions and graffiti they inscribed in the wilderness. , far away from Egypt’s strict constraints.

Inscriptions at mines and quarries allowed people to appropriate privileges which they would not normally enjoy at home – for instance, often the expedition leaders added their own names, or figures, to the royal texts they were commissioned to inscribe, something which normally did not happen in Egypt.'

 Similar is the case of the glyphs at Gosford, which are noted to have been written by the hand of surviving sailors, telling the tale of their perilous journey. The sailors who scribed the hieroglyphs identified themselves, as is shown on the picture below (left). 

Slide taken from the presentation of Yousef and Mohamed above where the scribes have noted their occupation on the walls at Gosford

Above is a similar example found in the desert, west of Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

To the left is a sketch of another example found in at Wadi el-Hudi

The Tomb

All three translations speak of a burial site, with evidence of an obvious shaft nearby. The government authorities seem to base their conclusions on the glyphs alone, with little interest on the shaft below, which subsequently was partially destroyed and the entrance filled in on numerous occassions.   

 "Fact No: 1. Yes, the hieroglyphic site could have been carved by Sydney University

Students, but only the hieroglyphic site. Not the chambers below, and only, if they

had the theoretical knowledge, that their Professors were lacking, hence to put it

bluntly, it is claimed here: “That the calf is smarter than the cow.” Or”that the

students are smarter than their Professors. Which is clearly absurd.

Fact No: 2. There is no way, that anyone could have carried the foot thick stone

plated down the walled in section and lined them up to form the airway or Door

to eternity with one or two people. As the opening was barely big enough to admit

one person, leave alone a huge rock plates. No. This site was build from the bottom

up, to facilitate easy handling. The Roof of the grave was put in last, and this could

not be done without heavy equipment. Only with man power and Egyptian know

how. Proving again, that this site is no hoax."

Hans-Dieter von Senff - Ancient Egyptians in Australia, see link above

On a recent visit to the area, another anomaly struck me and reminded me of ancient megalithic sites found in South America, sitting in plain sight, yet never having previously caught my eye. Some of the sandstone blocks seem to be fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. This type of ancient (earthquake proof) construction, referred to as Polygonal Walls are to be found throughout the world including Mexico and Mesoamerica. Sites such as Pumapunku at Tiwanaku, Bolivia, and the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Ollantaytombo, with examples found in places like: Italy, Turkey, Japan, and the Polynesian Islands like Rapa Nui (Easter Island), naming only a few. This ancient method of building, sometimes also referred to as Cyclopean Masonry is the sturdiest form of building known to man. Ancient city ruins, pyramids, rock walls and pillars, they were all built to stand the test of time, with the stone construction techniques unparalleled in today’s world.

Polygonal walls are traditionally classified into three types or manners. The first type is constructed with blocks of medium dimensions with coarse and inaccurate joints, the second type shows a good stonework with few wedge fillings between main blocks, and finally the third manner is simply perfect, with joints so accurately prepared that it is impossible to insert even a sheet of paper or the blade of a pocket knife between two adjacent stones.' - See link for more detail

The four pictures below are at the Kariong Hieroglyph site, with years of erosion and weathering, it can be difficult to ascertain if the same building technique is used here? However, put that together with the hieroglyphs and the burial tomb, it certainly needs to be investigated further on future visits to the area.

Note also the hole cut deep into the rock in the top section of the picture, situated next to a smaller set of glyphs situated a short distance from the main passageway.

"This outcropping of rock reminds me so much of the outcropping where the Illinois tomb is at. Though the latter tomb dates from the Ptolemaic/ Roman period, it seems the ancients had a set standards on the geography of where to build tombs and make inscriptions, that after thousands of years of erosion show similar features. We have the same problems with vandalism and lack of interest of qualified and learned archaeologists to conduct a proper well funded excavation."

- Paul Kelly-Schaffranke, Researcher of the Illinois Caves

The images below are of the megalithic sites to be found in South America, the Mediterranean and Easter Island 

I feel that this ancient building method may have been used to house the tomb, and that it was at one stage all rendered smooth. Bob Clutton, a fellow researcher of the area, recently mentioned that he felt the trough situated a small distance above the glyph walls was used to mix render. He had come to this conclusion whilst contemplating how the glyphs (some being perfectly shaped circles), could have been etched into the rock face without any evidence of pecking marks. Some years ago, he had seen what looked to be broken render on the ground nearby, but it had been removed the next time he visited the area.

"Several opinions have been put forward in regard to the trough, from secret women's business ‘birthing canal’ to iron banding and even a natural phenomenon formation, as well as sandstone hydrothermal (that’s a new one?), none of which fitted in with my logical beliefs. I reason a far more practical use for this trough type item, one which could work in with Prof. Dr. Davidovits (France) pyramid construction controversy. " - Bob Clutton

When looking closely at the Polygonal Walls at Delphi in Greece a similar process has been used, where the structure is built, then a masonry render is coated onto the rock surface and inscriptions are then embeded into the render.  

Ancient Seafarers 

Australia is a land with only a recent European immigration history. The traditional owners of this land preserve knowledge dating back over fifty thousand years, encompassing a vast history and stewardship of Australia, . Unfortunately, as is the case with most of the country (especially the east coast), much ancient knowledge has been lost in just over two hundred years of colonisation since Captain Cooks arrival. Systematic genocide , wiping out whole tribes. The minority that survived, were shipped off to missionary camps and in many cases, the children removed from their families, thus halting much of the ancient wisdom, which was for thousands of years prior, handed down orally through the families. This is sadly the case with the Central Coast area, and the original Darkinjung tribe.

A friend, mentor and respected initiated elder from the area Aunty Beve, told me, that the glyphs were absolutely authentic, yet they were not aboriginal, however the meaning of the glyphs, and the knowledge of whom put them there was unknown, lost in the time of her ancient ancestors.

In her introduction to the Darkinung Community – Standing Strong Exhibition, held at Gosford Regional Gallery in 2003, Associate Professor Nerida Blair, observed, “It is story seen in the country that we are surrounded by. History is about finding the voices from many different perspectives and identifying the layers.” (Blair, 2003)

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Is it possible that the Egyptians were sailing the high seas, long before Christopher Columbus? The misconception that people at the time of Columbus believed the world was flat was listed by Britain's Historical Society, as the second most common error in history. Many ancient maps have come to the surface with the help of our modern day internet and social networks from around the globe.

There is significant evidence that ancient sea farers knew about the Great Southern Land. It is already well known that Dutch explorer Abel Tasman had sailed to our shores more than a century before Captain Cook. The first records of European mariners sailing into 'Australian' waters occurs around 1606, and includes their observations of the land known as Terra Australis Incognita (unknown southern land). The first ship and crew to chart the Australian coast and meet with Aboriginal people was the Duyfken captained by Dutchman, Willem Janszoon. This Great Southern Continent of Australia was well known to the Crown, long before Cooks journey of discovery. In 1768, Cook was secretly instructed to head southward after his required observation of the Venus Transit on King George's Island in the South Pacific. His instructions were as follows -

'When the service is performed, you are to put to Sea without loss of Time & carry into execution the ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS contained in the enclosed Sealed Packet. 'There is reason to imagine that a Continent or Land of great extent may be found to the Southward of the Track lately made by Captain Wallis in His Majesties ship the Dolphin.

You are to proceed to the Southward in order to make discovery of the Continent above mentioned until you arrive in the Latitude of 40 degrees, unless you sooner fall in with it. But not having discovered it or any distant sign of it in that Run you are to proceed in search of it to the Westward between the Latitude before mentioned & the Latitude of 35 degrees until you discover it, or fall in with the Eastern side of the Land discovered by Tasman & now called New Zealand.

Upon your arrival in England you are immediately to repair to this Office in order to lay before us a full account of your Proceedings in the whole Course of your Voyage; taking care before you leave the Vessel to demand from the Officers & Petty Officers the Log Books & Journals they may have kept, & to seal them up for our inspection & enjoyning them, and the whole Crew not to divulge where they have been until they shall have Permission to do so.'

Given under our hands the 30th of July 1768

By Command of their Lordships


E. Hawke

Piercy Brett Spencer

Please refer to attachment of this article 'Crown Instructions to Cook'    

There are indications Egyptians inhabited the southern land thousands of years ago and ocean voyages had been common since the beginning of the Egyptian Kingdom, perhaps even prior to this. On Crate's map of the world, Australia is named 'Antoecie' as it is on the Greek map by Eratosthenese in 239 BC.

At times, the ancient Egyptians called Punt Ta Netjer, meaning “God’s Land”. This referred to the fact that it was among the regions of the Sun God, that is, the regions located in the direction of the sunrise, to the east of Egypt. These eastern region resources included products used in temples, most notably incense.

Excavations at an ancient Egyptian shipyard have unearthed remains of the world's oldest seafaring ships. The 4,000 year old timbers were found alongside equally ancient cargo boxes, anchors, coils of rope and other naval materials just as old, at what archaeologists are calling a kind of ancient military administration site. The massive complex, made up of six manmade caves, is located at Wadi Gawasis, a small desert bluff on the Red Sea near the modern city of Port Safaga. Hieroglyphs inscribed on some of the cargo boxes indicate that many came from a single origin: the almost mythical city of Punt. – Heather Whipps, Live Science

A relief at the temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt, carved ca. 1480 B.C., shows a merchant ship on a trading expedition. The scenes carved into a wall of the ancient Egyptian temple at Deir el-Bahri tell of a remarkable sea voyage. A fleet of cargo ships bearing exotic plants, animals, and precious incense navigates through high-crested waves on a journey from a mysterious land known as Punt - “The Land of God." Hieroglyphs of ships are also to be found in the tomb of Mereuka in Saqqara.

The oldest known contacts are dated to the second half of the Old Kingdom, but it is not unlikely that there were older contacts as well. Apparently, the Egyptians always appear to have known the way to Punt, even after five centuries without contact between the 12th and the 18th Dynasty.

Australia is a very old country; it is big and it is isolated from ALL other countries now by water, although many thousands of years ago, it may not have been the case. It has been suggested that there once was a land bridge between Australia and Asia. Also it has an abundance of gold and minerals. If the land of Punt is not Australia itself, there is good reason to believe it was a land somewhere in the Pacific that was visited by the Egyptians. If this is the case, no doubt the ancient seafarers had maps of the ancient land masses of the Pacific in their possession.

The above map was found in a pre-dynastic tomb in Hierakonopolis in Egypt.

Sinim was the ancient Hebrew name for a mysterious southern continent, mentioned in the Old Testament. The Phoenician name for it was Ophir, a "great south land of gold" where gold was obtained to build Soloman’s temple. The Egyptians called it "the land of Punt."

(1 Kings 9:26-28 26) King Solomon also built a fleet of ships in Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth [now Eilat] on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. (27) And Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who knew the sea, along with the servants of Solomon. (28) And they went to Ophir, and took four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.

The writings of Jewish historian Josephus (first century AD), offered his explanation of the Biblical story of Solomon and Hiram's joint trade mission to the distant land of Ophir. In his Antiquities of the Jews, he said the voyages which began from the Red Sea port of Ezion-geber (near Israel) for the island of Chryse - far to the east in the Indian Ocean. Trade voyages took three years to complete according to the Old Testament.

Above a map depicts the ancient trade routes

Immanuel Velikovsky in his 1950's book Worlds in Collision proposes that many myths and traditions of ancient peoples and cultures are based on actual events: worldwide global catastrophes of a celestial origin, which had a profound effect on the lives, beliefs and writings of early mankind. His book Earth in Upheaval presents documentation of many global catastrophes in prehistorical and more recent time periods, based on the evidence of stone and bone. This evidence from the natural sciences indicate that these great disturbances which rocked our world were caused by forces outside the Earth itself and responsible for the rise and fall of many landmasses across the globe.

According to a Doctor of Indian Archeology (Dr. K.C. Norial) an undertaken Archeological Survey of India says ‘There is no doubt, the ancient city of Dwarka on the west coast of India was once a very flourishing port city, which enjoyed India/Arab trade. The coastal areas of this ancient land mass were submerged by rising sea waters in approx 3067BC. Astrological events are recorded in the Mahabarata including those of two comets. The marine archeologists in India have found enough proof to assert that Mahabharata is not a myth, but 'History'. Old trade route maps indicate a route from Egypt via the Red Sea, sailing east to the ancient port of Dwarka, then on further south east of India. Indian and Australian Aboriginal mythology is believed to go further back than development of most of the civilizations around the world… This map depicts South East Asia prior to last Ice Age 12,000 – 8000 BC.

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Further Evidence

In 1922, Prof. Howard Carter discovered a set of golden boomerangs in the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt. One of these boomerangs, found in a box with several wooden ones, is carved of ivory and capped in gold. It would be too delicate for frequent use, and the flat terminal is atypical for a boomerang. The inscription refers to Tutankhamun as "the God, Lord of the Two Lands, 'Ra is the Lord of Manifestations', Beloved of Ptah, Who is South of his Wall."

Situated close to the rural Queensland township of Gympie, Australia lies an ancient ruins, which, over the years has been subject to much speculation. An area well known for its goldmine that was continuously worked for 60 years between 1867 and 1927. Hard rock production totaled 116 tons of gold and it is rumored that the gold in the funeral mask of Tutankhamen can be traced to Gympie.

Marilyn Pye (Nicknamed the 'Pyramid Lady') was leading a team of researchers and writers between 1983 and 1985, who supported evidence in Australia of Middle East mining expeditions, South American entradas and unknown histories all taking place before colonial settlement.

According to Marilyn, 'Two groups seemed to have been in Australia. One group who the Aboriginals call the Bianne arrived in Northern Australia in sailing ships. The Bianne are identified by the artifacts they left behind, prove that they were Egyptian Semitic people. The Bianne came to Australia well aware of the conditions in Australia and were well prepared to stay for a considerable time. In the Aboriginal legends of the Bianne they tell us that they planted food and cotton crops. They bought large pots to dye their fabrics and looms on which they wove their fabrics. The Bianne traveled to many parts of Australia. They were light-skinned people and the women according to the Aboriginals were very beautiful.

Two Egyptian scarab beetles found in Australia can give us a date when the Baaine were in Australia. Those scarab beetles have the names of unknown Egyptian Pharoahs, dating to the time of Seti I and Ramses II. So we can place the Bianne in Australia around 1280 BCE.' - 1999 Interview with Marilyn Pye

Many ancient artifacts, stone carvings, Egyptian coins, old shipwrecks including Spanish, Dutch and Chinese ships have been uncovered here in Australia. Some of these finds have been either criticised or silenced, as they are not in keeping with the status quo regarding pre Cook history. With the evidence mounting up, it seems absolutely plausible, that the ancient Egyptians, Phonecians, Spanish and others were visiting our shores hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, giving further evidence to an ancient worldwide, seafaring civilization other to our own.

Much of this information has previously been shared by various Australian Researchers, please see links below.

After a recent visit to Kariong, I was saddened to find broken rocks, moved blocks and evidence of digging at the base of the glyph walls. Surely it is time for the Government Authorities to look deeper at the thorough research done by a few, and the mounting evidence, which surely could not have been achieved by the hand of a few university students nor that of a world war 1 veteran, before this site of great significance is completely destroyed. We are not looking at hieroglyphs alone, but also the structure itself and the evidence of an ancient burial tomb, no doubt already entered and covered up in the past decade or two. There are undoubtedly ancient global connections to this historic site, it is clear Egyptians, among other cultures, had the knowledge and technology to travel to Australia. This site deserves protection and World Heritage Listing.

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For more information and evidence of ancient ships on our shores - see

Numerous amounts of information and evidence found in Australia can be seen here -

© Sonya van Gelder 23rd July 2014, updated last Oct 2014

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