Recently, a friend told me about an alleged pyramid site in south-east QLD with a controversial history. I decided to investigate…
After driving roughly 160 kilometres north of Brisbane, QLD, towards the small town of Gympie, my family, some friends and I camped about 20 kilometres from town. The following morning we headed to the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum before we began our search for the pyramid.
The pyramid, perhaps unsurprisingly, is a low terraced hill shaped like a pyramid. It’s a site that’s become relatively well known, as some claim its origins predate colonial history and could be either Egyptian, South American or Chinese. Some, of course, believe it was the launch pad for alien spacecraft, while others think it nothing more than an agricultural construction made by early European immigrants.
After making several wrong turns and spending about an hour searching the area, our party arrived at the foot of the Gympie ‘pyramid’, which displayed the following sign.
As it was now Sunday afternoon and we had roughly four hours drive home, my friends decided to head back while my partner took Olin – my-five-year-old – in search of food. I was more determined to have a decent look, so I phoned Gary from the KABI KABI tribe, whose number was at the bottom of the sign. Gary told me I could walk up the hill and take a look around, as long as I didn’t move anything.
Relieved and excited, I set off towards the summit, encountering not much other than bushland, a small stone terrace wall and the predominance of cactus plants at the top. I also saw a few plants that looked like cat’s claw creeper covering some stones and someone’s ritual smoking spot at the summit. I didn’t encounter or feel anything unusual at the site, although of course many say otherwise.
Self-published author of Pyramids in the Pacific: The Unwritten History of Australia and researcher of Australia’s ‘unknown history’, Rex Gilroy believes the site was “the centrepiece of probably the most important Middle East mining colony ever established in Australia”. This, he says, was due to the discovery of relics, rock inscriptions, and traces of “ancient” gold, copper and tin mining at the site.
Probably the most controversial of these relics is the Gympie Ape, which was unearthed by farmer Dal Berry in 1966 on his nearby property. Some, like Gilroy, believe the statue resembles the Egyptian god Thoth. Others believe it’s a South American deity or perhaps the work of Chinese immigrants.
Local Ken Blakemore, who owned the pyramid site in the ‘70s, says it originally contained engraved stone tablets. He says one contained an animal head (possibly a dog) and another a sunrise symbol and that stone tablets were stolen from the site. Blakemore also reports there was an inlaid flat circle about 30 metres in diameter at the site.
Clairvoyant Michael English, who visited the Gympie pyramid site, claims this was originally a vortex used by spacecraft to take off. However he says it was destroyed when the pyramid was stormed by banana-shaped aircraft, possibly from Atlantis. Wowsers.
Not-for-profit organisation the Dhamurian Society, who research “Australia’s unrecognised ancient histories” and mythologies, claim to own the site today. They believe there’s evidence of ancient iron smelting on the hill, as material found there was created from a bloomery that was fazed out in the middle ages.
Amateur archaeologist Marilyn N. Pye allegedly became convinced the Gympie pyramid was evidence the South American Incas had settled in Australia. While British author and retired naval officer, Gavin Menzies, claims the site is direct evidence of Chinese visits to Australia.
Menzies says the pyramid height and structure are typical of Ming Dynasty observation platforms. Furthermore, he adds, it would have been logical for them to build observatories to determine the location of “phenomenal riches” they had discovered in Australia.
Science and mathematics teacher Anthony G. Wheeler believes the facts are not strong for a pyramid theory. Instead, the site is an ordinary hill terraced by early Italian immigrants for viticulture, which has been disfigured by erosion and the removal of stones for further use.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Gympie historian Dr Elaine Brown performed an extensive analysis of the site. She believes it was constructed by a Swiss horticulturalist during the late 1880s.
Activist for the local indigenous KABI KABI tribe, Wit-booker, says the artefacts claimed to be Egyptian, Chinese or Italian are actually “highly significant aboriginal artefacts”. Furthermore, the Gympie pyramid site is sacred land. The KABI KABI have also claimed ownership of the land and are currently fighting the QLD Government against the proposed Bruce Highway development over the Gympie pyramid site.
While it appears there’s no consensus on exactly what purpose the Gympie pyramid site served, today it’s surrounded by controversy. Personally, I saw no evidence the place was once bombarded by banana-shaped aircraft, but then again, I wouldn’t know what to look for.