The Mullum ‘Standing Stones’
Hi – My name is Narada. www.Sacred.Group is directed to this page I have set up on my site ByronNow.com. Its purpose is to to provide an easy to remember domain name for a central hub of information about the Mullumbimby Standing Stones site.
We would like to acknowledge that there are some Elders who believe that the site, and even information about it, should remain secret. It is widely believed to have been a gathering place visited by representatives from tribes all around the continent.
There has been a lot of community interest in the ‘Standing Stones’ site in early 2018, partly because of an article in the Echo newspaper saying that the whole area was included in a rezoning proposal that would make it ‘residential’ and open to development. This information now seems to have been inaccurate, and we are hoping that the rezoning will not conflict with protecting the site.
A community meeting was advertised in the Mullum Civic Hall on the 12th Dec 2017 to discuss the matter, but had to be cancelled due to a rude statement against the gathering being published on the Byron Council website. The councillor and the mayor who were responsible for this notice did not bother to contact the organisers (Steven Strong, friends, and Original Elders) to tell them that they were about to do this. The follow on was that a few weeks later another gathering was organised, this time by a local First Nation Elder Lois Cook, at Durrumbul Hall. This was attended by about 80 people. There was a great atmosphere and every person who spoke was applauded for the information they shared and their commitment to protecting this significant sacred site.
A Little Bit of History
In 1939 there were articles in papers around Australia about the bulldozing of a sacred Original People’s site in Mullumbimby, by the farmer who ‘owned the land’. The site was widely described as ‘Australia’s Stonehenge’. However, the site was all but forgotten about after its stones were bulldozed and world war 2 started.
The recent rediscovery of the site is due to the work of many people. In the 1930s local school teacher Fred Fordham recorded a lot of information about it and made maps and diagrams of the site. He corresponded with the head of the Australian Archaeological Society Fredric Slater who translated many of the inscriptions on the stones using a dictionary that was shared with him by a woman who had been taught by a local elder. He believed these inscriptions were written in the oldest language on Earth!
These papers were lost until a few years ago, when they were rediscovered by Richard Patterson in an unmarked folder in the local historical society. The cause was then taken up by Steven Strong and his son Evan, who have done tremendous work educating the public about the ancient origins of the Original Australians.
Both Richard Patterson’s and the Strong’s websites contain a huge amount of information about the site, and I invite you to check them out using these links.
This is an artists impression of the original stone arrangement, based on Fordham’s 1930s diagrams.
The videos below are from various Youtube channels.