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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, 5 April 2016

Somerton Man: Tamam Shud Torn Piece, Crossed Lines and The Fez Lady


Bleached and contrast adjusted

I would ask that you bear in mind that none of the microcode was meant to be seen, it has been skillfully concealed and written I suspect, with a special kind of ink/fluid which was meant to respond to a particular chemical or perhaps lighting or both. The method I have used is simply bleaching and some lighting plus adjustment of contrast and curves.

The amazing thing about the technique used is that it is very simple for all to do. If you have any
issues please contact me.

In the following three images, we see the letters T and E from line 3 in close up:

The first image is of the dark side of the letter Q and the second is of the ML sequence from line 4. Needs further work but you should be able to make out the outlines of


For followers of this blog and others, the torn piece was found in a fob pocket in the trousers that SM was wearing when he was found. According to Cleland, the fob pocket was small and hard to find, he had to use tweezers to extract the tightly rolled up torn piece containing the words TAMAM SHUD.

In the image below, you will see an example of the exact fob pocket liners used in the Elasta strap trousers made during the SM period. There is nothing particularly small about them and you would not think that such a pocket would have been hard to find:

Here's a link to the actual 2012 PDF document containing a short but well researched history of Elasta strap/Marco brand trousers and their manufacture in Australia. Elasta Strap History see page 27

Below two images to compare of the torn piece.

These are two of many images of the Tamam Shud torn piece, if you look carefully you should be able to see micro letters and numbers within each of the larger letters. It was not easy to get to this point but there are more images now that clearly show the presence of microcode on both the code page and here in the torn piece. 

Crossed Lines

 In the image below you can make out strings of micrcode in the highlighted areas. As you can see it is very small, I estimate about .4 mm in height and sometimes down to .25 mm but still visible. I am going to see if I can find a better method to enlarge the findings.


The image of the Fez Lady Verse 70 which shows a very skilful use of microcode and its concealment within the image of the Lady In The Fez, you'll see the outlines of letters and numbers written into the sketch lines around the neck shown here. The concealment is exactly as described in the CIA manual on Secret Writing that you can find in the download page on this blog. The recommendations were to hide the micro writing in shaded areas or within column dividers and lines. In the lower highlighted area you should be able to make out the letters AV, those same two letters appear within the tastles on the fez itself. I will post that image at the weekend.

Cooperative Project

By way of some news, we have a joint project underway with contributor Clive and also Pete Bowes from the Toms by Two blog.  The project relates to the XCA microcode found some time ago and which we beleieve relates to the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and one of its secret design projects dating from 1948. That effectively dates the code page itself and provides us with a lead. 

Clive has and is doing some serious digging into archived files and we have also managed to find a photo of a group of employees that we will be examining and asking for input from followers of our blog.


  1. Hi Gordon,
    You can almost make out the letters/numbers on the E & L code letters!-Clive

  2. A question for you Clive. When you look at the W and L as well as the others. You can see the outline of the inked stroke placed on each letter by whoever. At what angle to the stroke do the letters and numbers appear to be? Not a trick question.:)

  3. Hi Gordon, Seem to lean towards the left?-Clive

  4. What's interesting is that the angle is consistent in every letter. If these markings were artifacts, they would be 'floating' there would be no consistency.

  5. The Tamam Shud torn piece and the fob pocket have been added to this page. A recently discovered pdf document shows a clear illustration of an actual fob pocket liner from SMs time. Nothing small or hard to find about this fob pocket. SO, the question is were SMs trousers custom made, apparently that was done.