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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, 2 September 2016


BREAKING NEWS, 1130, 4/09/16

Match Between the 1 Shilling Note & The Code Page

A Lesson In Message Concealment

The breaking news is that we have been able to find a match between a Camp 7 Banknote and the Somerton Man code page.

To the right is a screen shot of the code page, to be more accurate it has been taken from the last line in the space just beneath and between the first letter S and the following  A.

This was first posted around 6 years ago on the Adelaide University FB page.

You can clearly see a letter X but it is a stylised letter X being curved and quite unusual

The image to the left is another screen grab, it is taken from just beneath the first small square box that you can see on the front of the 1 shilling note shown below this Breaking News segment.

Again you can see a faint letter X that we have enhanced and again it is stylised and curved in shape.

Whilst we have more work to do, what we have here is a match between a micro letter on the code page with a micro letter on the 1 shilling note. This shows strongly suggests that the person who wrote on the code page and the person who wrote on the plate for the 1 shilling note is one and the same person.

At this stage, we cannot say that this man, George A Teltscher,  is  the Somerton Man. We can only say the writing was done by the same person. Who had the book is the big question.

We are currently researching to see if we can find Mr Teltscher, we do know that he moved to the UK in 1942 and that in 1946 he applied for a change of name. We have not been able to find any trace of him after 1947 when his new name came into effect. If there is anyone reading this from the UK and they are adept at this kind of trace research, please contact us by posting a comment.


In the images below, you can see the front and back of a Camp 7 One Shilling note. There were three denominations, Sixpence, One Shilling and Two Shillings. The notes were in circulation for just 3 months from March 1st 1941 toJune 1st 1941 when the plates were confiscated by the Australian Government on the basis that effectively they were judged as being too good. You will notice that some areas of the notes have been highlighted and within them, you may be able to make out examples of micro-writing.

Front of Note

Microwriting example, the top front of the note image in the bottom right-hand corner you should see the name George A Teltscher 1941.  

The very top border shows the phrase 'we are here because we '  That phrase is repeated around the full border of the note.

The left-hand column of apparent lines are in fact micro-written,  words/letters

The small highlighted box next to the G in Shilling contains micro words, letters and numbers.

The smaller box below it, you should be able to make out the word 'Hay' as part of the phrase Camp 7 Hay.

The top bar of the shield near the centre of the note contains darker microwritten letters/numbers

The Ram in the shield has the name of the leader of the camp.

The letter D before the serial number contains numbers and letters within the letter itself.

Back of Note

The two smaller boxes to the left edge midway of the back of the note, you can see micro letters and numbers. In fact, each of the Ram images contain micro-writing , some more and some less.

The small box to the right of the back of the note contains micro-writing.

The Match

As per the title of this page, we can tell you that on the front of this bank note a specific tiny letter was detected, an exact match of this same letter was found on the Somerton Man Code page some 4 years ago. I have taken a number of closeup images and will be releasing them over the next few days. This announcement confirms that there is a connection between the Dunera Boys and the Somerton Man. We have much more work to do and that is underway.

There is a lot more information yet to be posted on this note as well as the other two denominations. All banknote images we have are in high resolution.

George A Teltscher was returned to the UK by ship in 1941 to serve in a branch of the military. It is believed he made a return trip to Australia following the end of the war.

The Banknotes

Most of the Camp 7 banknotes were also confiscated along with the original plates but some were retained by internees and guards. At last count there were some 197 in circulation but no doubt there would be more.

These notes, although low denomination, are very expensive with current market prices being of the order of $12,500 AUD each.

For those who ever doubted or were uncertain about the presence and use of micro-writing, this post shows exactly how micro writing was included in shapes, in open spaces and within lines and letters. All it took was an expert like George A. Teltscher. In fact I would say that, having now spent some time examining this note, it is a lesson in how to conceal messages in plain sight. Amazing skill.


  1. Perhaps Tellscher wrote the message that Tibor was to deliver to SM, a nest of agents whose politics were the same as Jessica's.

    1. Pete, Over the weekend we found that GA Teltscher, who had changed his surname to Adams (his mothers maiden name) in 1947 (applied in 46) was at some time later employed by the London School of Graphic Arts and working later in Nigeria. There is a lost period between 1941 when he returned to the UK and his application in 1946. We don't exactly know when he started work at LSGA. We are looking at his travel movements at the moment so he may or may not have been in Australia in 1948.

  2. George isn't your man, Gordon, he had brown eyes. (NAA archives)

  3. No he couldn't be, he died in 1983. But didn't think he was SM, I think he may have known him though. The missing years in the UK are worth researching. George was listed as being taken to Liverpool under escort and he embarked on the HMT Themistocles ex Sydney, 9/06/41. A bit of a mystery ship, not shown as HMT but as belonging to a private company through the war, Norfolk and North American Steam Shipping Company from 1937 to 1946, probably leased. The ship had an illustrious past including Gallipoli. We still have some missing years for George.