The Gympie Pyramid Story


The above photographs depict various strange stone statues that were found near or at the Gympie Pyramid site between 1900-1960. It is understood all five were removed for examination by appropriate “authorities” in Queensland. The first four have since disappeared and their present whereabouts are unknown – only the fifth (after community deputations) was returned to Gympie. It was first displayed at the Gympie Civic Centre for many years. It is now on display at the Gympie Historical Museum.


One of our most controversial Australian stories has been fully researched by the equally controversial Gympie author Brett J. Green. Taking nearly 20 years to compile, Green aimed at presenting a fair, unbiased overview of myths, legends, stories, claims and counter-claims associated with the decades old debate regarding the much acclaimed (and much distorted) Gympie Pyramid “discoveries” and other such complexes within the Gympie-Cooloola region of south east Queensland Australia.

In completing the collective work despite the initial years of opposition by vested community interests; some areas of local religious opposition; and later attempts to discredit, Green with his end result has revealed some astounding truths; discarded spurious claims; presented interviews; and documented “witnessed” recollections from old residents. He also supports in part some previous researchers and authors who came under media fire with their theories and “discoveries” while debunking other “out of this world” media statements. In making this comprehensive assessment, Green has raised further unanswerable questions in relation the Gympie Pyramid theories and their previous existence claims.

With his presentation of never-seen-before sketch drawings by pioneer settlers, genuine photographic evidences, claimed photographs and hoax “evidences” – he has opened new areas for theories and research that will give just reason for sceptics and academics to reconsider their verdicts on all past proclamations. His unbiased work is also an exciting historical insight journey (theoretical and factual) into unrecognised Australian histories based on ancient nautical and cultural records held in national and religious institutions around the world whose ancestors had extremely detailed knowledge of the region well before Australia's “discovery” by a British mariner called James Cook.

A brief summary is now presented.

The first recorded pioneer evidences of an old “ruins complex” appeared between 1860-1880. Such “evidences” were verified later when there was a desperate need for sandstone blocks for commercial constructions following the Gympie Gold Rush days of 1867. To the advantage of the settlers and new business operators (and opportunists), local knowledge soon spread that nearby was a place in the jungle that had vast quantities of pre-shaped sandstone blocks ready for “recycling”. In those days, historical factors had never been considered. Subsequently, the sources of the vast “piles” of rock were pilfered in such large quantities by the local tradesmen entrepreneurs for houses, fireplaces and commercial establishments that by c.1885, the entire site was devoid of any past existence (the procuring of large quantities of sandstone blocks for construction works during that period from the Brisbane region was economically unviable due to the lack of roads and reliability of shipping via the infant port of Maryborough). The ancient site was then reclaimed by thick woodland forest and with the passing of time – forgotten.

Claims (followed by adverse counter-claims) of the discovery of an ancient “pyramid ruin” or “terraced hill mound” in prickly pear forests on the outskirts of Gympie City in the 1960's then bounced back and forth for nearly forty years like a tennis match on whether such a relic did or did not exist during aeons past. These speculations were further enhanced by the many media headlines over successive years, highly publicised theoretical findings of opportunists, amateur geologists and archaeologists, sceptics, research societies and “professional” psychics – an unstoppable “pyra-mania” evolved aided by many Internet “reports” resulting in the myth being perpetuated.

Today, the jury is still deciding its verdict. Most agree that “something” did exist – What it was is the ongoing question. Further, most agree that the “ruins” were definitely not of any Aboriginal (they did not build in or use stone constructions) or early European settlement origin but built by some ancient mariner civilisation possibly plundering the gold resources of the Gympie goldfields (substantiated by old local Aboriginal legend stories). All of these factors only added to the intrigue of a growing myth.

At the height of its subjective popularity, strong debate raged throughout the community with the sanity of many being questioned. There were many instances where public divisions were so great over the pyramid theories that some property owners in the vicinity of the site took matters into their own hands against speculators. Stories surfaced of treasure seekers and souvenir hunters ravaging the pyramid site with picks, shovels and even a bulldozer or two. Vandals went berserk. Souvenir hunters had a field day. Spiritual cults practiced rituals at midnight and on the full moon. It was sensationalism gone mad. As a result, the claimed site became irrepairably damaged and totally stripped of evidences. In fact, so great was the damage - it is barely recognisable today.

To any current viewer, the vestiges of past antiquity cannot be seen - it is nothing but a stone covered lightly-forested hill soon to be erased by encroaching housing developments. It is a legacy of pure stupidity - the irresponsible destroyed what may have been Australia's most valuable ancient site - our only real clue to a very ancient past. Trespassers on the privately owned housing site are prosecuted.

Today, the hype and media sensationalism has declined to such a degree, the histories and claims are now virtually unknown to any of the modern generation and newcomers through population growth within the city. Many attempts are still being made to resurrect and substantiate the myth with claimed new discoveries of ancient artefacts – some appearing to have credence. However, the majority reveal nothing but images from wishful creative minds.

Despite these setbacks, the ongoing search for proven evidences of Australia's claimed lost pyramids and that ancient civilisations frequented our shores has been the goal for professional and amateur investigators throughout Australia for nearly eighty years. Through their work, there appears to be sufficient mounting evidence that their claims could have some credibility after all. As more facts are added and fictionalised versions are dispersed to the rubbish bin, sceptics themselves are becoming more susceptible to the fact that perhaps there may be some cause for acceptance of the old folkloric story.

New evidences revealed in the CD E-Book will help that cause include:

  • Discoveries of new stone ruins in the Cooloola region.
  • Discoveries of new unidentified artefacts.
  • New details on the highly controversial Uniting Church wall in Channon Street Gympie.
  • New information on the Tin Can Bay “ruins”.
  • New information on the Lake Cootharaba “ruins”.
  • Claimed unidentified shipwreck sites on the Cooloola coastline.
  • Claimed shipwreck artefacts on the Cooloola coastline.
  • New discussion papers on the Gympie Pyramid Theories by academics.
  • New information on possible early Chinese-Tamil connections.
  • New assessments of local Aboriginal legendary stories.
  • New photographic evidences of ancient sites.
  • Discoveries of fraudulent claims.

The Gympie Pyramid Story (the updated revised edition 2005 with large photo gallery) compiled and originally written by Brett J. Green was released March 2005 in CD E-Book format (fully printable for computer users).

A sample from the Gympie Pyramid Story Photo Gallery:







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