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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, 6 December 2016



The subject of this series of Posts is essentially the full Somerton Man picture as we currently see it.

In this post we will look mostly at the one aspect that ties together Tibor Kaldor, The Somerton Man, Alf Boxall and Jestyn. It all starts with the Hay Internment Camp Banknotes.

For the record, the above is a highly detailed image of a Hay Two Shilling note, the best we have had so far. Please download it and examine it at your leisure. I suspect that those who carry out a detailed examination of the note will be more than surprised. A clue, look closely at the 'We are here because we are here..' woven in to the barbed wire border with a focus to the right of the note and in particular the letter 'h'.

Mick Vort-Ronald has been extraordinarily helpful and has provided another set of very hi-res images of the 3 notes to which he has been given access.

In this post, we will look at a number of the close up images but with a specific focus on a signature, that of Mr Stahl.

Below is the signature of R Stahl. The numbers are reasonably clear and are within the pen strokes of the signature. Note, in particular, the block of numbers to the left which form the inner border of the notes. The shape of the Emu is most interesting you can see along its back a series of numbers. In fact, every mark on each of the notes has a story to tell. More later.

 To the left a close up of part of the signature, I have highlighted the areas of note. You should be able to make out the shapes of numbers within the signature.

To the left, the most astonishing aspect of these Hay Banknotes is shown. Yes, you can see the rows of tiny numbers and letters in a block and to the left of that block you can see what at first may look like roughly drawn lines. They are in fact micro-written words and numbers.

You see the whole design of the banknotes is based on Hebrew Micrographic artwork.  See examples at the end of this post.

It is quite possible that the block to the right in th image is made up of Hebrew letters and symbols.

To the baseline of this image above and you can just see the tip of Mr Stahl's signature and there within it, tiny numbers and letters.

I have quite a number of these images and more will be added to this post in the coming week.

Why is this signature so important? Because this signature clearly shows the use of micro written content actually within cursive writing and that is precisely what was found within Jestyn & Alf's Verse 70 from the Rubaiyat.

The linkage is now clear and proven, we can now support the belief that Tibor Kaldor was in some way connected, this man as you will recall, was found poisoned in a Hindley Street, Adelaide Hotel 2 weeks to the day that SM was found also poisoned on the beach at Somerton just a tram ride away from the City of Adelaide.

Let me stress that there are 4 known examples of micro writing that have been found in Australia. The Hay Bank notes, Verse 70 by Jestyn and Alf Boxall, The torn piece from the Rubaiyat and the code page itself. Mysteriously, Tibor Kaldor, an ex internee and a Dunera Boy who was interned at Hay when these banknotes were designed and made, turns up at the time and in the manner that he did. The man got to share the same morgue with SM.


This is a close up image of the TAMAM SHUD torn piece with backlighting and taken at an oblique angle. There is no mistake, I make out a string of numbers:


It appears to me that these may have been printed in place and bear a style resemblance to the blocks of numbers/letters in the Hay Bank note images.

What is needed is an infrared camera, I am hoping to get access to one over the Christmas break.


Looking for a good read over Christmas? The Bookmaker From Rabaul by fellow blogger Pete Bowes is highly recommended.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016



For obvious reasons I have called this document above, the Red Book, it contains a list of 76 names of German internees who were known agents for German Secret Service and some, as you will read, had Russian affiliations. These man were arrested in Iran by the British in 1941. They were transported to Australia on the RANGITIKI and were initially interned at Loveday Camp, near Barmera in The Riverland, South Australia. At the end of the war however, they were moved to Tatura camp in Victoria and were gradually released as and when it became clear that they no longer posed a threat to the security of Australia. I would ask you to be aware that these men would still have living relatives in many countries and at the time they were arrested, they were doing what they saw as their duty.

As per a recent post, the downloads for each of the 3 Camp Manuals are now available. In them you will read of the rules and regulations by which Internment and POW camps were run within Australia during the period 1939 to 1950. They make for fascinating reading covering every aspect of Camp management, security, classification of internees and POWs. From within these pages, you will be able to build a picture of what life would have been like for inmates and guards alike, you will also be able to see how you can build a 'profile' of a typical internee down to the sorts of clothes he might wear and some of the items he might carry in a suitcase on his release.

I would suggest you also download and read the book 'Behind Barbed Wire', you will find this book in the same download folder as the manuals and the Red Book. It is a highly detailed and extremely well-researched book on Internees in Australia during WW2,

The next post will be one of three which are intended to bring all the information that we now have , together. I cannot promise that it will be a scintillating read but it will be factual and I will provide as much hard evidence as I have. With thanks to Anton :)

A quick note, I see that John Sanders has found a link between Mr. Keane and the Tatura Internment camp hospital, my congratulations to you John, I am sure that this find has the potential to move the case even further along.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


68 Years ago today, the  body of a man was found on a beach near Adelaide. 
He has never been identified.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016



Now Take A Closer Look..

Yesterday I wrote the following part of this post and added it to the previous post as a 'random'' thought:

Hmm, what if the first letter R in line 1 was really a K? What if someone added the outer flourish? The last letter on line 5 is the R that I showed some time ago. Raises the stakes on the set of initials perhaps?

George Teltscher, the designer of the Hay Bank Notes, used many different techniques to hide names and other information within his designs. What if the letters of the code page had another layer of information woven into them? The Pro Sign theory would remain as would the microcode. I am sure that other names can be found amongst the letters, the question would be, would those names be relevant as is the case with Tibor? What is the probability of Tibor Kaldor's name being spelt out with  letters from the code page? Not, quite spelt in total but incredibly close., we are apparently one letter short being that 'K'.


Below I have listed the names thus far found:





Within the letters of the code page the above names are to be readily found, all 4 of which are very closely associated with the Somerton Man case. The occurrence of Danetta was something of a moment if you recall, this name turned up in the Acrostic code examination of Tibor Kaldor's last note.

Is this really possible? Could it be this simple? Why hasn't anybody found this before? (That includes me by the way). I am sure there are some good logical explanations for some names to be spelt out from the code page letters, but these specific names? I do not understand why no one has stumbled  across this before.

What do we think the probability is that we could find these names, do we think it is pure chance?

There are many thousands of words that can be made up from the 18 letters of the alphabet that comprise the letters of the 'code'. It still begs the question as to how these names, in particular, were readily found. It is accepted that these are familiar names, after finding the Tibor _aldor set of letters I set out to find if other names or part names were there and they were quickly found. If I had another set of names in mind would I have found them as quickly?

I have looked at a word generator but it had a limit of 15 letters, leaving us 3 letters short. The number of possible words found was 8900 of ten characters and less.

I am certain that someone can do the math and ascertain just how many names of say, 12 letters or less could be generated from the total of 18 characters, being:


Quite frankly I was surprised by it, could it be that more names of those associated with the case
are on this code page and could it be that the name of the Somerton Man is amongst them? I don't honestly have the answer to that particular question but I do think it's worth pursuing.

The reality is that I could be wrong.  but I do think that this has the very definite potential to turn the whole case on its head.

In closing this post off, I refer back to the earlier comment regarding the incredible skills of George Teltscher, the designer of the Hay Bank notes and the man who was adept at hiding messages in places where you would least expect to find them, namely, as in this case, in plain sight.

With many thanks to Clive for his ongoing input, advice and support and my apologies to Anton, as you can see there have been quite a few things happening concurrently but I will respond to your comments which I found to be very valuable and they are very much appreciated. Another day or so and I will post a response.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

SOMERTON MAN: THE RED BOOK, A LIST OF SPIES. TIBOR's name found on the code page Updated 17.15 hrs Monday 28/11/2016


(View updated information at base of this post)

The image above is the cover page from a document marked SECRET, It was prepared by the Royal Australian Air Force,  it details a list of 76 men who were deemed to be members of the German Secret Service and who operated in Iran up until their arrest and internment by British Military in 1941.  This document is quite brief having some 21 pages in total.

It was found almost by accident, there had been mentions of the existence of this list and of the interrogations but nothing cropped up using the usual keywords for the NAA website. That is until one day a couple of weeks ago, I happened to enter some hitherto unused words and Voila, the list appeared.

It is a fascinating document, providing as it does, the names, some of which were misspelt, and the outcomes of their interviews.

The note above is from the Red Book file and I suggest you read it in its entirety. It mentions the 'luke warms' and the 'activists', stool pigeons', 'Austrian refugee friends' and their visits to the compounds where these men would be interned. It is in this document that we found the mechanism by which TK and others may have met known agents.

Of particular note is that amongst the list of 76 men, there were some who are referred to as 'Russians', men who, whilst German, had ben 'taken over' by the Russians and who operated on their behalf in Iran.

Working with Clive, the list was scanned for any immediate 'suspects', anyone who would jump out from the list either because of their name or because of their activities. The first one was a known Nazi and agent of the German Secret Service and for employment, he headed up the Iranian Telephone company in Teheran. Of particular interest was a short description of his interests as an agent, his focus was on the Zoroastrian Persians. In a recent post covering Clive's interview with Paul Lawson, you may recall that Mr Lawson made mention of Jestyn, her leaving flowers at SM's grave and her telling a Detective that the act was related to an old Persian religion.

In that scrap of information, we could see the connection between Jestyn, the Rubaiyat, (Often quoted in the Zoroastrian sphere) and a possible and hitherto unknown aspect of SM's religious leanings.

On the list, the man's name first appears as 'Fritz Mecheer', we were unable to find anyone by that
name on the NAA site. Thanks to some great work by Clive, we turned up the man's real name, 'Fritz Mechler' and below is a copy of a document from his NAA files:

This clip is from the Red Book SECRET document.

The files for most of the men on the list include photographs and fingerprints. From the main image, you can see that Fritz does not match the description of SM.

Fritz, along with more than 400 other German men and women from Iran were put on the Rangitiki and arrived in outer harbour on the 19th November 1941. They were all interned at Camp Loveday near Barmera in South Australia's Riverland. Fritz remained there along with his fellow travellers until he was transferred to Tatura Internment Camp on 1st February 1945. In January 1947 he was moved from No.1 camp at Tatura to No 3 Camp, Rushworth near Tatura.

Fritz was repatriated to Germany on 24th November 1947 and travelled on the USS General Stuart Heintzleman, a US Army Transport. At this time, we don't know whether he ever returned to Australia.

There will be more items posted from this book and another set of 3 very relevant manuals discovered quite recently.

UPDATED. 17.15 Monday 28 November 2016. But first a composite image made from some of the letters of the Somerton Man code page:

Hmm, what if the first letter R in line 1 was really a K? What if someone added the outer flourish? The last letter on line 5 is the R that I showed some time ago. Raises the stakes on the set of initials perhaps?

George Teltscher, the designer of the Hay Bank Notes, used many different techniques to hide names and other information within his designs. What if the letters of the code page had another layer of information woven into them? The Pro Sign theory would remain as would the microcode. I am sure that other names can be found amongst the letters, the question would be, would those names be relevant as is the case with Tibor? What is the probability of Tibor Kaldor's name being spelt out with  letters from the code page? Not, quite spelt in total but incredibly close., we are appaently one letter short being that 'K'.

Food for thought.

Next Post

On this coming Thursday 1st December marking 68 years to the day when the Somerton Man's body was found on Somerton Beach near Adelaide in South Australia, we will make available a range of manuals and related documents and links for those that are interested in this story and the facts that lay behind it.