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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.

Friday, 7 July 2017




Clive's ongoing discussions with Paul Lawson have yielded some surprising results and the input of both these men is gratefully acknowledged.

It is generally known that Jestyn was a member of the communist party of Australia and attended numerous meetings. But to what extent was she involved with the organisation and what tasks may she have undertaken on their behalf?

During this weeks discussion, Mr. Lawson made an astonishing statement and one that leads to apparently only one conclusion.


Mr. Lawson's statement was that he was made aware that Jestyn had been collecting information on Allied ship movements through Sydney Harbour and that he believed that the information on these movements was  passed to Jestyn by Alf Boxall.

 Mr. Lawson went on to say that his thoughts were that Jestyn was 'stringing' Alf along and did not offer any further information at this stage.

Let me make it clear, in Clive's view and I have absolute faith in that, Paul Lawson though of advanced age has a clear, sharp and active mind. He has not been given to making careless nor ill thought out statements or answers.

The whole Somerton Man case is and always has been an espionage case, this latest and unprompted statement by Mr. Lawson underlines that fact.

A good question to ask would be what part did the Rubaiyat's, yes, both of them, have to play in this apparent espionage activity? Jestyn's verse 70 should now be viewed in quite a different light by those that have had doubts about the presence of micro writing. The same can also be said about the code page and its micro written code.

I wonder whether this is why the code page was handed to Naval Intelligence for examination?

The Implications

Extending on this revelation, there are implications regarding the likely existence at that time of a network of agents all feeding back to the one source being Jestyn. It would not be beyond the realms of possibilities that each capital city as in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart, would have had someone collecting information on ship movements through their harbours. The question would be, how would that information be communicated? Too sensitive to be sent by post, too lengthy to be sent by Morse code it would seem that a humble book would be an ideal method even though it would require a courier to transport it. Someone who did or would travel extensively and someone who would simply blend into the background, possibly someone like Tibor Kaldor for example?

The strange 'one way' ads in the Adelaide papers begin to make more sense now, one wonders whether similar ads are to be found in other States media. Lost and Found ads could be a rich source of information.

Given the events of December 1st in Adelaide, what other events took place in other States over say, a 6 month period commencing in November 1948 through until May 1949? We know we have Tibor Kaldor's demise, but could there have been others?

There is obviously a lot more to be done and further research is underway. Friend Pete Bowes at TomsbyTwo has already seized the moment and no doubt will be pursuing all the avenues he can find.

Yet again we have found another way forward, from micro code, verse 70, the code page, Pavel Fedosimov, Tibor Kaldor and now this major breakthrough, we have information that shows Jestyn and Alf Boxall were involved in the transmission of valuable military information. To be continued.


Henry said...

Why would Lawson know this information -If running with this line of thought- and this information was 'top secret' Wasn't Lawson the man who made the bust of Somerton Man?--
if so, he would not have been included or involved in any 'top secret' spy information.... so this does not make sense......

Gordon332 said...

Fair question and to answer you would need to go back in time, to be amongst the Detectives and perhaps others who were involved in the case as was Mr. Lawson. He spent a lot of time with those people, he was there when some came to view the body and he was there when Jestyn was shown the body. He would have taken part in some conversations and he would have overheard others perhaps even seen documents. Add to that the fact that he has been a keen follower and researcher from the very outset. He has far more knowledge of the case than any of us might imagine.

There is more to be revealed and I would ask you to be patient as the rest of the case unravels as it most surely will.