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the other witnesses, updated.


December 1st, 1948 – Constable Moss accompanies the body from the beach to the Adelaide Hospital. Dr Bennet examines the corpse. Moss then conveys the body to the mortuary.

December 2nd – Dwyer, assisted by Const. Sutherland conducts his autopsy of the body at the city morgue

December 3rd – “That is the body of the man found dead on the beach at Somerton on the 1st of December, 1948.”

Mounted Constable Knight at the city mortuary with Police Photographer Patrick James Durham,GF42. 

Durhams’ photos of the deceased the day after the autopsy.

Durham and Knight returned the stranger to the refrigerator, washed up and did an Elvis: they left the building.

December 15 – Kaldor’s corpse taken to the city morgue.

January 10, 1949 – Laurie Elliott commences his embalming of the Somerton corpse.

January 14 – the suitcase is found.

February 25 – Kaldor buried.

Mid April – Cleland finds the Tamam Shud slip.

June 8 – Lawson is approached to make a bust, makes mention in his notes of the disposal of original body.


June 14 – the Somerton Man is buried.

Mounted Constable Knight and Constable Moss were the only two on record who physically linked the body on the beach with the one at the mortuary, Durham and Bennett their witnesses.


Header pic is Jack Daybell, 1920


3 Comments Post a comment
  1. ellen #

    I think the deception was on purpose. Somebody wanted to get under Jessica’s skin. I think she held a big secret.

    August 24, 2016
    • Anyone ever mixed up two bodies in a morgue, Ellen, what do you reckon?

      August 24, 2016
  2. ellen #

    One body was two weeks riper than the other.

    August 25, 2016

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