The Gympie Pyramid
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The Gympie area, about three hours drive north of Brisbane, Queensland, harbours many strange tales of pyramids and Egyptian artefacts that have been found there since the early days of settlement
The images below are of the 'Gympie Ape', which was dug up in 1966 and is thought to be a statue of the Egyptian God Horus, who was often portrayed as an ape or baboon. It doesn't look particularly ape-like however. Rather, it looks like a distorted humanoid with a large head that has been weathered away over several centuries, thus making it difficult to perceive what form it may have originally had. It is made of sandstone, and is apparently not of Aboriginal origin - in fact, it appears to me to be Polynesian in appearance.
You can currently view the 'Gympie Ape' in the Gold Museum at Gympie. As you will note in the photos, some kind soul has thoughtfully chalked in the ape's eyes, in case we couldn't tell where they were, and it could be the chalked-on eyes that are so reminiscent of a Polynesian Tiki.
Apart from the 'Gympie Ape', other idols (one looking a lot like Ganesha, from Indian mythology), spoons and scarabs have been unearthed.
The pyramid itself is on Tin Can Bay Road on private property that the public is not encouraged to trespass upon. In years past, according to locals, the owner has attempted to to destroy the pyramid in the hopes of discouraging visitors to the site, and the local church is said to have been built last century from stones taken from the pyramid. Having seen the church I can tell you that the stones are square-hewn sandy coloured stone, but I have no idea if they actually came from the pyramid or not.
Other stories relate to cattle wandering into the pyramid in the 1930s, when an opening was still accessible. The cows never wandered out of the pyramid again, and so the army was called in to investigate. No reports or findings are available officially of this incident, and the army sealed the entrance after this time. Of course.
The bad news is that the land the pyramid is situated on was recently parcelled and sold for a proposed housing estate. The good news is that a kind benefactor has bought the parcel that contains the pyramid and investigations may now begin in earnest.
For more information on the Gympie mysteries, please visit Awareness Quest.