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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, 24 January 2013

Somerton Man & The Poem Code. Was Jestyn trained in the use of code and micro writing?

The Poem Code

In an earlier post the issue of the nature of Jestyn's Poem to Alf Boxall was discussed and an image shown that contained an example of micro writing found in that poem.

The question is,  is it really feasible that somehow Jestyn was trained in the use of Code and micro writing, after all one example does not prove that she was, it may be a simple coincidence, somehow the initials shown in the example in an earlier post were created by a trick of the light. If it were not for several other examples of micro writing within the poem then I would be inclined to agree. Come to think of it, if it were not for numerous examples in the Code page and the Laundry tag and the Poem, well then there would be room for some doubt.

If only there were some sort of precedent, if only there was something else that we could use that would back up this almost unbelievable proposition.

Well, wouldn't you know, there is. During WW2, the activities of British and Australian Intelligence Services were closely linked, intertwined is probably a better word. There was this amazingly talented man called Leo Marks, he was a very senior person at Bletchley Park, the UK's code cracking and making establishment.

The closeness of British and Australian Intelligence and Signals services would mean that it would be highly likely that the techniques used and the types of personnel recruited would be very similar in both organisations.

Here's a must read link to a site that quotes some of Leo's work and more to the point it makes specific mention of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry being employed  to encode secret messages and all within the context of something called the Poem Code. Whilst this is not proof positive that Jestyn had learnt these techniques here in Australia, it can no longer be regarded as an outside chance that she was taught, it is now bordering on being a distinct possibility/probability. Proof will yet be forthcoming.

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