As this article goes to press several major developments are currently taking place in New South Wales, which not only add considerable weight to Val Osborne's Sarina Phoenician colony discoveries, but also support the authenticity of the controversial 'Old Kingdom' period Egyptian hieroglyphs engraved upon the sides of a cutting of sandstone cliffs overlooking Brisbane Waters, near Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast.
A large rock slab, rescued from the path of bulldozers in the vicinity of the hieroglyphs where a housing estate is being built, is engraved in a mixture of Egyptian and Phoenician script. I have translated the inscription to read [front] "Memorial tablet of Am-tet". [back] "Horus rise up to bring the light of the Sun Ra from his abode to shine on this land. Mourn the soul of the body of the sacred man in the light of Ra, as he sails in Ra's boat guided by Sothis* to his tomb. [*Sirius].
This inscription is but one of literally hundreds being found throughout the whole of the Central Coast district, and up the Hawkesbury River thence southward along the Nepean River and westward across the Blue Mountains to the Katoomba district. It is also commonplace along the Georges River south of Sydney, existing as far south as the Campbelltown region.
The evidence being unearthed suggests the whole Sydney area had been explored, settled and farmed by thousands of colonists throughout the Bronze Age [2000-1400 BC]. My wife Heather and I are lately rapidly turning up find after find, often involving this mixed script. We have found it at the Cooktown pyramid/colony site; at Cairns, Sarina, Gympie, on the Logan River south of Brisbane; throughout the New England district and in Central Western New South Wales, at various places in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand.
Indeed, at least two forms of this mixed script are involved. One is a "mariners script" which was understood among Phoenician, Egyptian, Libyan, Arabic and Celtic trader-explorers, while the other was the result of long-term colonisation by these mixed nationalities, who over generations of racial inter-mixture had begun to create a whole new culture through the mixing of their cultural ideas and languages.
Another important relic containing examples of this mixed script, is the ruined temple of large sandstone-ironstone slabs recently uncovered by me at another bushland site near Gosford.
Now covered by fallen tree trunks, the temple consisted of a sandstone paved floor, now largely fallen away along with other stoneworks, and there is a large boulder with a vertical flat surface. Upon this surface is engraved a strange image of part Aboriginal-part Phoenician appearance, together with four glyphs of the Egypto-Phoenician script.
The image appears typical of Aboriginal depictions of the kangaroo or rock wallaby but for the front half of the figure which, besides a large rounded head containing a mouth and large central round eye and two long ears, also bears a horn upon the face.
The inscription reads: "Temple of the Eye of Set".
Set was the Egyptian deity who ruled over the southern paradise land of Khenti-Amenti, a land of forests, mountains and parching deserts. Ancient beliefs placed this land in the southernmost region of the Indian Ocean and it seems certain that Khenti-Amenti, the "Land of the Gods", was none other than Australia. In fact, many Egyptologists have remarked upon the kangaroo-like features of the god Set depicted in hieroglyphic inscriptions. Set was often depicted as a monster by Egyptian scribes and it would appear the Gosford Set has also been depicted in this manner.
The Brisbane Waters, which extends northwards from Broken Bay, offered an ideal shelter for ancient ships and was an ideal harbour for the farming colony established there. This colony would have been established to supply not only food for expeditions venturing off elsewhere in search of minerals and other valuable commodities, but also a huge population of at least up to 3,000 people at its height.
Extending westwards from Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River passes through high mountains on either side, opening out into good farming country, which extends southward along the adjoining Nepean River, the eastern escarpment of the Blue Mountains rising up on its western side. It therefore comes as no surprise that so many ancient rock inscriptions have been unearthed, including a few important relics.
These relics consist of a bronze arrow head [St Marys, 1968]; a bronze adze blade [Glenbrook/Lapstone Gorge, March 1969]; and two Ptolemaic period images of the Sun-God Mithras and Earth-Mother Goddess Demeter, ploughed up in 1974 by a farmer at Richmond close to the Hawkesbury River. These sandstone heads are quite large and when unearthed, the farmer discovered large sandstone blocks, the possible remains of a pedestal upon which they had once stood. These, and the adze blade [identified as a shipwrights tool of around 2500-3000 BC] are now in my possession.
The discoveries coming to light hereabouts show the Gosford colony and its inland offshoots date back to the "Old Kingdom" period of Egypt [ie 4th Dynasty, 2780-2100 BC], and that it was still in operation in the Ptolemaic period around 2,000 years ago.
Much nonsense has already been written on the mysterious "Gosford Glyphs". I will not go into this matter other than to say that they have no links with extra-terrestrials; nor were they carved in recent times by a returned serviceman of World War One who had copied hieroglyphs he had seen on temple walls while in Egypt.
The one great mistake I believe, which most of the investigators have made, is in linking the Pharaohs and princes named in the cartouches at this site with rulers in Egypt.
From the very first moment that I set eyes on these glyphs I realised that here were the names of "local Pharaohs", rulers of this, and other colonies, colonies such as the newly discovered south coast pyramids site, and those of New England, and the major Queensland colonies of Gympie, Sarina and the Atherton region, to name but some. And rather than being buried at the hieroglyphs site, they were buried elsewhere, particularly upriver as the inscriptions state!
My wife and I have instituted a search for signs of these lost tombs. Recently while exploring scrub on a mountain summit overlooking the Hawkesbury River, I discovered an ironstone slab bearing the profile of a face and mixed Phoenician-Egyptian letterings on both sides. A votive offering inscription, it reads: "Ki mourns at the tomb on this land to which he has come to make offerings to Ra the Sun, in the rays of the Sun's heat he has come. Inscribed by the priest
A few metres away was a large sandstone slab, upon which I found fading Phoenician letterings, and a cartouche containing Egypto-Phoenician glyphs.
The discovery was made as the sun was setting, and I had to hurry to record and photograph the find. The translation later revealed the following: "On this mountain observe the name of
Ma-tept-Ra*, the husband, a son of the Sun, buried at this place". [*He who gives a boat to Ra].
Here, by a stroke of good luck I had stumbled upon the location of a tomb. The reader need not fear that I shall ever disturb it, as I am merely interested in recording these sites and their inscriptions, which must remain secret for now from would-be treasure-hunting vandals who have already shown how they operate from the ruins of the Gympie Pyramid!
The reader can expect a full report on this find with photographs in the near future. By then a return visit to this tomb site will have been carried out and perhaps more evidence uncovered. The discovery of such tombs really 'buries' Captain James Cook RN as the 'discoverer' of Australia's East Coast!
The forthcoming Sarina Archaeological conference will give me the opportunity to present all these latest discoveries, which lend weight to the Sarina Phoenician colony, which I believe, as does its discoverer, Val Osborne, was the sorting house for minerals mined from not only local mineral sites, but from further inland and on offshore islands, and elsewhere along the coast.
South of Townsville lies Proserpine, where during August 2002, Heather and I uncovered a large Phoenician temple dedicated to the Sun-God Baal. A number of small votive offering inscribed stones were recovered, together with an image of the god, and a second search carried out in October turned up yet more of these inscriptions, which help date the site to the Bronze Age to about the same era as the Sarina colony. The reader can expect a full account of our work on this site in the future.
These sites demonstrate that, as early as around 4,000 years BC mineral-seeking explorer-colonists from the Mediterranean and the land of the Nile, ventured in large fleets of ships into Australian waters.
Yet how did they penetrate into Australia's heart, to leave inscriptions in Central Australia and elsewhere? The answer is simple. Until they dried up, there were ancient watercourses that could have allowed Phoenician triremes deep inland to reach the Alice Springs region, where I have found a number of their rock inscriptions. And there is the Murray-Darling River system, which would have allowed ancient vessels to penetrate to Murray River offshoots which would have brought the mineral-hunters into the south-western and south eastern gold, copper and other mineral fields.
And those explorers who ventured northward up the Darling, certainly penetrated the Macquarie River offshoot, which carried them through the Dubbo-Bathurst regions where they would have found vast amounts of minerals and gemstones, as evidenced by the rock inscriptions they left behind. Venturing into the Namoi-Peel River system they reached the Tamworth region, and also via the Gwydir River offshoot they found Moree and its rich gemstone deposits, leaving in their wake a crumbling megalithic temple to their earth-mother goddess Tanit and numbers of rock inscriptions.
Thus by the above means, they were able to extensively mine the New England interior of its tin, copper and gold deposits, leaving megalithic monuments and rock inscriptions which the Gilroys are discovering today.
The full story of this vast mining operation is to be told in a sequel to Rex Gilroys' highly successful book "Pyramids in the Pacific - The Unwritten History of Australia", now reprinted [for purchase details contact the author]. This book has been condemned by establishment historians and archaeologists who seek to preserve the conservative view, namely that Australia was not discovered until the arrival of Dutch mariners in our far north in the early 1600's.
Yet our history is far, far older than that as the mass of increasing evidence surely demonstrates.
Any readers able to assist the Gilroys with information helpful to
their investigations can contact them at: PO Box 202, Katoomba. NSW 2780;
Phone 02 4782 3441 and email: email@example.com.