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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.

Saturday, 27 January 2018



This post contains a link to a download location where a number of documents with images in some cases, can be found, at the time of writing this post in all there are 57 documents in this location, I do have others and will post them gradually..

Some of you may already have seen some and possibly all of these but hopefully, it will fill a gap for everyone.

In the light of posts and comments elsewhere on the web, I judged that these items may be useful to the serious researchers of the Somerton Man case.

Amongst the documents are Police files, newspaper reports, an interesting discussion by CJ Philips, Criminal Law Journal on the likely cause of death for the Somerton Man (it seems it was a speedy death), a detailed historical document on Stamina trouser manufacturing including an image of 2 fob pockets, two PDFs that discuss 'Questioned Documents' including the recovery of indented writing, Len Brownes notes.

Managed to track down a copy of the elusive Sydney Sunday Mirror dated November 1959 and the pdf is at this location.

The list of businesses in Jetty Road is most interesting, look up number 166.

One item from the Police files states that the T.Keane on the tie found in the suitcase could be a J. Keane.

On poisons, it is I believe an established fact that the Somerton Man was poisoned using a fast-acting substance or liquid, two documents discuss poisonings, the Soviet 'KAMERA' organisation which was active in the time frame plus German Poisoning methods in WW2.

I hope that this store of information will be of interest and perhaps fill in a few gaps.

The Store

Especially for you Misca, a long-promised link to a deluxe version of a W&T Rubaiyat, published 1942 I think. The Williamson inscription may be interesting.


  1. Thanks very much indeed for posting up all this, it should be hugely useful for a lot of serious SM researchers. :-)

  2. No problem Nick and thanks for your kind words. I have quite a few more documents, images etc and will be adding them over the next few weeks.

  3. You're a generous man, Gordon Cramer.

  4. That's not been said too often :) I appreciate your thoughts, for me, it's about sharing what information and knowledge I have uncovered over the last 10 years. In the end, and with all due respect to others, life is way too short to waste on feuding and bitterness, if people have a genuine interest then these files may just be of interest for them. I have heard from a few since posting and they certainly learnt some new things about the case. Earth shattering? Maybe not but enlightening, yes, I think so. Lots more stuff to sort through and will post as and when I can.

  5. Thank you Gordon!


  6. Gordon - Where is the "Williamson inscription"???

  7. It should be on the first pic in the sequence, the inner two pages at the front with the inscription 'P Williamson 1944'. Let me know if it didn't download and I'll add to drive and send you a copy.

  8. Found it. Thanks!

  9. JS and others, you may want to take a closer look at the Green and Co lighter, there were in fact 2 models, one was mil issue which was a dullish metal colour for obvious reasons and the other more blingy, nickel version. The interesting things is that the earlier Police photograph shows the dull finish version whilst the 1970s version is a bright shiny nickel. A photograph issue? Not so sure about that.