the contents of his pockets
It’s almost embarrassing that after nearly 70 years the only hot topic in this unsolved mystery is a pair of jocks – possibly used – and a singlet found in the Somerton Mans’ pockets.
.. add to that the difference in opinions as to where where our man might have had a shower and a shave the morning he arrived in Adelaide on the Melbourne Express.
Derek Abbott said the railway’s facilities were closed for the day but offered no evidence to support the claim. Gordon Cramer says the local bathhouse down the road didn’t have washing facilities, maybe just a couple of sinks and cold-water taps in the gent’s lav.
Harold Rolfe North, Senior Porter, Cloak Room, Adelaide Railway Station in his evidence at the inquest:
“At the Railway Station there is not now a place where a man arriving from the country could bath and shave.”
Scenario 2 follows:
SM arrives in Adelaide on the Melbourne Express, he goes looking for a place to spruce up in the station, finds none, walks out into the city carrying his suitcase and eventually finds somewhere he can clean up.
He buys a ticket to the facility, gets a locker key, goes inside and opens his bag, takes out a change of underwear, slides his case into the locker, locks it and goes to the bathroom.
That gets the jocks and singlets into his pocket with having to make too much up.
We’ll try and figure out what happens next later.