According to Frederic Slater, who was the President of the Australian Archaeological and Education Research Society, an Original stone arrangement he and a colleague were investigating throughout 1939, since assumed to be lost for the last 63 years, is “the Stonehenge of Australia.” As impressive as this complex of stone arrangements was, and will be again, it is much more than a collection of rocks, signs and symbols positioned on a mound. According to Slater, “the mound is one of the oldest; I should say the oldest, forms of temples in the world and dates back to the … advent of first man.” Not only was the mound the first temple, the narrative and wisdom chronicled is as profound as it is sublime, so much so that Slater claimed it formed “the basis of all knowledge, all science, all history and all forms of writing.”
These are extremely bold claims to make, to suggest that the very first language was spoken and recorded in stone in Australia carries with it many inconvenient historical implications. Modern humanity is assumed to have had its genesis in Africa. We are told a few restless inquisitive souls set foot outside African soil some 60,000 years ago and spread their culture and genes. There is no room in this theoretical construct for Australia to be anything other than an afterthought and merely an African colony peopled by mariners who surely spoke before setting sail to Australia.
Despite the unpopular stance advocated by Slater, his research was meticulous and the methodology sound. More to the point, such was the strength of the case he made on behalf of this arrangement being the First Language, in 1940 representatives of the Australian Government approached the farmer and threatened to confiscate his land because of these rocks. The landholder under threat was openly sympathetic to the archaeology being done, but realised while the stones stood he would lose his land, income and livelihood. Within days of the threat the stones were reluctantly bulldozed and the land was left alone, Slater had lost his proof and not another supporting public statement was made. The whole unpleasant episode was expunged from the public arena and Slater’s correspondence was apparently lost or destroyed.
And so the vacuum remained, until about three months ago when local teacher Richard Patterson was rummaging through some discarded files in the back room of the local Historical Society. Amongst the accumulation of papers and documents were Slater’s letters to his on field colleague. Soon after Richard contacted us and so the unraveling has began.
Image: Patterson, Richard Andrew. "Computer Generated Image of Site." 2013.
The First Sacred Language Slater claimed to have deciphered is very complex, multi-layered and at his last count of “28,000 words,” far more diverse and complicated than what could be assumed in relation to the very first language spoken on Earth. The first language spread throughout the entire region of Australia beholding to Southern Law. Historical and linguistic texts propose that the first tongue was crude and limited to the most basic emotions and objects, which then slowly increased in number and sophistication. Not the other way around, here a symbol can have four different meanings. This formalised method of communication was made up of numbers, hand signs, stone arrangements, elements, trees, letter sounds, animal shapes, etc. The intricate combination of all manner of apparently unrelated themes and disciplines creating a seamless blend into one formal script, is in contradiction to the expected rudimentary linguistic starting point, and calls into question many assumptions relating to human ascension and development.
Leaving aside that the first reports in from Original Elders of Lore as to the integrity of Slater’s claims are indeed in accord, the logistics, technology and labour involved in creating this mound was unparalleled in this country and deserving of further archaeology on site. By my estimation after viewing from a discreet distance, the hundreds of tonnes of sand, clay and sandstone that make up one mound deposited on top of this flat swampy plain is not part of the local geology. According to Slater and his co-worker, the closest deposit of sandstone was more than twenty kilometers away. The problem is, until the arrival of Cook no-one in this country had a wheel, pulley, wheelbarrow or metal chisel to cut and move the rocks twenty metres, and nor is there any other example in Australia of one mound or stone arrangement weighing over a tonne. Quite simply, this Original construction doesn’t fit into any academic book or curriculum.
What only unsettles the academic climate further is the content of the narrative contained within this stone arrangement called “The Mystery of Life.” The opening placement of stones on the southern edge, which looks very much like a medicine wheel, was interpreted by Slater to read as “guided by truth, man came to Earth through darkness from light of life that shines far off.” This extra-terrestrial theme of somebody or being coming to this planet from “far off” is repeated throughout these constructions, extolling that the “truth was brought out on wings to Earth” and “the Divine Light from afar to the Earth brings the soul to man.”
It is a site without parallel on the east coast of Australia at so many levels. The means of construction, significance, content, sacredness and real possibility that this arrangement chronicles the first time modern humans devised a formal means of expressing words and thoughts, are but some of issues that need to be investigated. In what only adds to the intrigue, Slater is not only adamant that the ancient Egyptians were not only present, and most probably assisting in the transport of sandstone and fill, but they came in homage and reverence. He was positive that “there is no mistaking the fact that the Aborigines … gave not only to the Egyptians their knowledge and their foundation of hieroglyphics and their philosophy but formulated the basis of all knowledge in the beginning, now and to come.”
The archaeology conducted on site is still in the process of being compiled and analysed, but despite the incomplete process, a few simple observations can be offered. The chances are extremely high that this stone arrangement is an actual account of the First Sacred Language and conveys both historical details and a prophecy of times soon to come. The first mound is definitely artificial, its shape is too symmetrical, the placement on a flat swampy plain is dramatically at odds with the surrounding topography, and the sand, clay and sandstone that makes up this construction is in contradiction with the immediate geology. Throw into this mix an agreement with Original Elders and Custodians versed in Lore and history that this is one of, if not the, most scared site in Australia, and we begin to see why Slater was so adamant that this is “Australia’s Stonehenge.”
Frederic Slater was an Egyptologist, he was the President of the Australian Archaeological Research and Education Society, and Government officials approached the landholder in 1940 and threatened to confiscate their freehold land simply because of these standing stones: these are facts. His opinions and our confirmation is obviously up for debate and alternative explanations, but with the bounty of archaeology on site and Elders confirming Slater’s translation, there is nothing else on offer at the moment.
Written by: Steven & Evan Strong
Patterson, Richard Andrew. "Computer Generated Image of Site." 2013.
Slator, Frederic. "Stone Circles, Terraces and Mounds At…(Complination Updated, 2013)." In Frederic
Slators Notes edited by Richard Andrew Patterson, 1-66. Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia: Brunswick River Historical Society, 1939.
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