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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Thursday, 29 December 2016



I was able to contact Gerry Feltus in the last day or so and he has very kindly given his permission to use the copy of the code page decrypt that he has in his book, The Unknown Man.

The decrypt is found on pages 121 to 130 inclusive in the book and below is a set of images comprising of each page in sequence.

As Gerry points out, this is complex and, from my perspective, it does appear to have been done by someone wth some very specific experience.

I would point out that there are a few names that crop up in these images, bear in mind that at the time of original letter to the SA Police, Tibor Kaldor's name/ initials were not known and Jessica Harkness's name/initials were not released to the public. A reference to Mr. Lyons is interesting but I have no more to add to that.

I hope to get the name of the man who prepared this work, it is apparent that his first language is not English and is in fact, very structured which makes me think that he could be European and that leads to the possibility that he either was an ex-internee or knew of them. You can download a PDF of the following images for convenience. 

UPDATE, 13.55, 30/12/16:

The relevant words/initials found thus far are:

T,K. as potentially in Tibor Kaldor
JT as potentially in Jessica Thompson
Lyons as in the Jeweller
And thanks to a very observant commenter, we have POWs as in Prisoners of War
Lowe as in a German surname
Lowy as in a German surname (There is more than one person named Lowy amongst the internees, there is also a John Lowy whose file is restricted on NAA)

It does seem that our cryptologist has been very 'lucky' in getting so many hits, I feel sure there will be more.

An honourable mention! I would like to restate that without Clive finding the newspaper article regarding the apparent suicide of Tibor Kaldor in a Hindley Street, Adelaide hotel just two weeks to the day following the death of SM, none of what you read here would have been seen of particular value to the case. His ongoing enthusiasm and support in moving the case along is well worthy of recognition. Thanks Clive.

Last point, if you are skilled in this area, would you please look at the supposed 'crossed out' line, line 2, of the code page and include that in any further work you may do on this decrypt. This should keep you busy Misca :)

Page 121:

Page 122:

Page 123:  

Page 124:

Page 125:

Page 126:

Page 127:

Page 128:

Page 129:

Page 130:

You are able to purchase copy of The Unknown Man by Gerry Feltus here. It is an excellent resource book and gives a very detailed account of the events surrounding the finding of the body of the Somerton Man and subsequent investigations, highly recommended.

I trust that you will find this information of value. In the meantime, we are working hard at relating some of this information to our work on the Internees.

Just in time to wish all of our followers and readers a Very Happy and Successful 2017!


Anonymous said...

What leapt out the most to me is the suggested "POWS" rather than "VOWS"

Gordon332 said...

Well spotted! I think it could be very relevant. Personally I have a feeling that we are getting even closer to some answers. We have a number of names and some valuable background now with which we can work. Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

What was Queenie"s maiden name? (Prospero's first wife)

Anonymous said...

Gordon332- I just sent you a message about an opportunity. I hope you received it well. I look forward to your response. Gness

Gordon332 said...

Hello and thanks for your comment.
Whilst I really do appreciate the email and content, I have to be honest and tell you that such emails are quite a feature for this blog and, I am sure, for others. With great respect, when I get an email containing similar information, it loses credibility when it is signed off with a gmail address. This is not meant to be offensive in any way but please understand that there's a lot of effort going into this blog and it is done and shared freely, I simply don't have time to consider messages such as yours unless they come from a recognised organisation.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous, I believe Queenie's maiden name was Wilder. Clive