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Created in 1991/92, the Australian Standing Stones in Glen Innes Highlands is the national monument to Celtic people, past and present.
The Stones acknowledge the contribution to Australian culture made by people from the Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturias and Galicia.
The Stones were officially opened by the then NSW Governor, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair on February 1, 1992.
The Stones continue to attract national and international exposure and is a major tourist destination in the Glen Innes Highlands.
The Australian Standing Stones Management Board (ASSMB) is a Community Committee of Council and is responsible for managing the site.
The ASSMB also conduct all of the flag lowering ceremonies with a different nation celebrated every month. The ceremonies often include music, anthem, folkdance, poems, pipers, food tastings and raffles.
Winter and Summer Solstice is an important date in Celtic Culture. The ASSMB host a ceremony to celebrate the each Solstice each year at the Standing Stones site and includes morning festivities waiting for the Solar Noon followed by lunch at the Stone Cottage.
The annual Tartan Day dinner is one of the only fundraisers the ASSMB do to help fund the management of the Australian Standing Stones.
The first Stone was raised on September 7, 1991 by the local Tug o’ War team.
At the ceremony, emblems from the Celtic nations were place into the excavation – thistle (Scotland), shamrock (Ireland), leek and daffodil (Wales), primrose (Cornwall), a piece of broom (Brittany), ragwort (Isle of Man), wattle (Australia) and a sprig of rowan – an ancient Celtic symbol.
A bottle of whisky was also poured in to the excavation by the local Catholic priest, who remarked “For shame, for shame to be so wasteful. It should have been filtered through the kidneys first!”.
Ancient Celts were farming people who lived across Europe and the British Isles around 2600 years ago.
The Celts raised stones as calendars to mark the change of seasons to help indicate when they should sow and when they should harvest. Mystery and legend surround stone circles throughout the world including our own Australian Standing Stones. The Celtic Family Wall offers individuals, families, clans and societies the opportunity to house authentic stones from Celtic homelands and places of significant Celtic heritage. Contact the Australian Standing Stones Management Board for information on how to place a stone and memorial plaque.
Our Visitor Information Centre has a wide range of Celtic and Scottish clothing, books, Souvenirs, Jewellery and Giftware.
Drop in or shop online here:
Celtic & Tartan Collection
Jewellery & Giftware Collection
Situated at the Australian Standing Stones is the Stone Cottage Café. The Cottage is a replica ‘taigh dubh’- black house.
Enjoy the tranquility and magic of the stones while you indulge in a barista coffee and a mouthwatering selection of sweet treats, breakfast and a light lunch are also available.
The Celtic Family Wall overlooks the Australian Standing Stones from the western side of Tynwald Hill.
The purpose of the wall is to house authentic stones from Celtic homelands donated by individuals, families, clans or societies.
The Australian Standing Stones Management Board invites you to provide an authentic stone/stones for the Celtic Family Wall. Stones may be collected from a Celtic nation overseas or be collected within Australia from areas or properties that have Celtic family significance. The maximum dimensions of stones that can be fitted into the Wall are 13cm x 11cm x 11cm.
The Australian Standing Stones Management Board arranges for the stone/stones to be placed in the wall with an appropriate plaque which the Board organises in consultation with the donor.
Stones can be placed into the Wall at any time, this might be a special time to provide a stone.
The cost is $350 which covers all administration, cost of the plaque and stone placement.
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