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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, 27 September 2016



The following images the comparisons of the technique used by Hay Internees, The Dunera Boys, in the creation of their Banknotes with the examples of microcode writing in Jestyn's Verse 70 to Alf Boxall and then to the code found on the Somerton Man 'code page'

As pointed out in earlier posts, it is important to remember that the focus of many of these images are very small letters and numbers and they have slightly different shades of colour. Generally, the letters and numbers themselves are a shade or two darker than the surrounds. For these reasons, we advise that you should allow your eyes a few moments to focus on each image.

The Signatures

In this image, you can clearly see that the signature on the banknote to the left contains micro-coded numbers.

On the right, you can see a set of letters and numbers within Jestyn's signature. 

Conclusion: The same technique of concealing micro characters in cursive writing was used on both occasions. 

The team who created the Hay Banknotes individually signed by hand each and every single note of each denomination, an estimated 6000 notes were produced.

The Lines

In this next image you can see the string of numbers and some letters within the line at the top of the shield. These characters were different in that each character appears to have been written in using a pencil after the note itself was printed.

To the left is a shield from a Two Shilling note containing the handwritten micro characters.

The image on the right is the 'crossed lines' that appear in the centre of the code page, you can just see micro written and some letters that make up the so-called crossed lines.

Once again, the micro written numbers were written by hand after the banknotes were printed, more than 6000 of them is the estimate.

Here's an enlarged version of the crossed lines from the 'code page':

The trail starts in Hay in early 1941 with the creation of the Internment Banknotes by George Anthony Teltscher and his handpicked team of fellow internees, some of whom shared the same hut with him at Hay Internment Camp 7, Hut 26. As an aside, Mr. Teltscher was a descendant of John Adams, 2nd President of the USA. Mr.Teltscher in fact changed his surname to Adams, his mother's maiden name, in 1947. 

The next time this technique shows up in Australia is in August 1945 at the Clifton Gardens Hotel when it is said that Jestyn handed Alf Boxall a copy of the Rubaiyat into which she had hand written a verse from the book, Verse 70.

Finally, the same technique shows up one more time in 1949 when a mysterious code turns up and is associated with the body of a man who had been found on Somerton Beach on December 1st 1948., it appears that it had first been written on an inner leaf of the book using the inside of the back cover as a rest. That action led to indentations being left on the inner back cover which, according to the Police, was revealed by the use of special lighting.

Since that time, numerous attempts have been made by many people and organisations including The Adelaide University. None were successful.

I was lucky to uncover the microcode around 2012 and that was concealed but in plain sight, for 64 years.

Whilst many have had difficulty in accepting this fact, it has now been proven beyond doubt as you can see. There are many more images and some will be added to this page over the next few days. I obtaining them I used filtered sunlight and oblique camera angles. The camera is a Pentax digital, 16 megapixel, dual shutter. The base images range within 400 dpi to 1200 dpi in the case of the Hay Notes. The techniques are known and reliable digital forensic methods.

As you will see in the images below, we have made some improvements on earlier efforts and from here we can look towards getting some enlarged versions.

What is perhaps the most interesting, if chilling, aspect of this discovery came within the last few weeks when fellow researcher Clive from Adelaide, during his research found an article in the Adelaide papers dated 14th December 1948 regarding the apparent suicide by poisoning of another man, Tibor Kaldor from Melbourne.

Tibor had been an internee at Hay, in fact, he had traveled to Australia on the HMT Dunera along with Mr. Teltscher and 1992 others who had been arrested in the UK for being Enemy Aliens.

Tibor had left a last note that we have examined carefully and, using an acrostic decoder, it was found that there was indeed a coded message left within his note which you can read via this link,

Those that have been following this series of posts will know that Tibor's body was taken to the Adelaide City Morgue which was occupied by one other male at the time, the Somerton Man.

There you have it, from Hay Internment Camp 7 to the Clifton Gardens Hotel to the discovery of a mysterious code in Adelaide and the death by poisoning of two men within two weeks of each other.

There's a lot more to this story and we will be revealing it over the coming weeks along with additional possible identities for the Somerton Man who we believe was a fellow Internee for Tibor and the almost 2000 other men arrested in the UK during June and July 1940.

Additional Images:

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Verse 70


The 'DASH'

The Code Page 

X Lines:

The 'crossed lines' in the centre of the code page are, as you will see here, long strings of mostly numbers but with some letters interspersed. The lower line contains some very small examples, around .4mm in height and you can see how each letter and number is quite separate even at that size. I can vouch for the degree of skill needed to achieve that result.

Bottom Flourish



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1 comment:

  1. Sorry out of topic, but have you heard there was a woman scattered flowers on SM grave? Maybe you mentioned this on your earlier posts but im totally forgot. Because i read something about a woman did it.. Thanks for your help.. Arnon