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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.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

SOMERTON MAN: RNSH, PAUL LAWSON & A WALK IN THE GARDEN


THE ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL


The Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney is where Jestyn trained as a nurse, and although the place was getting on in years in 1945, it was in the process of being renovated and a new 'nurses home' was planned.

It did have some attractive aspects though, not the least of which were the gardens not that dissimilar to the one shown above.

Why the interest in the garden? Simple, according to Paul Lawson, that is where Alf Boxall and Jestyn used to meet up, that's in addition to the Clifton Gardens Hotel of course.

Followers will recall that in an earlier post,  Mr Lawson told of how Alf used to pass information to Jestyn on Allied ship movements.

One wonders whether that information was passed across in a coded poem or even written on the back page of an innocuous book of poetry whilst walking together in the gardens of the hospital where Jestyn worked.

Thanks once again to Clive for his great work on the interviews with Paul, we now have even more information that we can share. There will be more posts with some extraordinarily interesting details shortly.

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