paul lawson’s diary
June 1, 1949
Note 1. Lawson writes to his Director on the handling of Dromicis (latin).
Note 2: A note to research on the colour of Halieutea. Batfish
Note 1: Viewed ‘The Somerton Body’ at W Terrace morgue with detectives.
Note 2: Arranging and planning to prepare for the bust cast of ‘same.’
Note 1: Lawson preparing for police job.
Note 2: A note – Klosters Pottery for clay.
Final preps for police job.
Lawson is at the morgue with the police, working on the bust of ‘The Somerton Mystery Man.’
June 8 (verbatim)
Interview with detectives, Brown + one.
Ring from constable Durham* re disposal of original body.
Casting of ears + piecing together of mould.
*Patrick James Durham was the police photographer who photographed SM two days after he was found.
Immediately after his interview with the police Lawson received a phone call from the official police photographer, they talk about the disposal of a body, a subject that would appear to be outside both their job descriptions.
Once the call was done Lawson commenced casting the ears he would later attach to the plaster mould.
There is a question of procedure here.
Why didn’t Lawson make casts of the bodys’ ears before he enveloped the head in plaster?
Perhaps they were the wrong ones, and belonged to Tibor Kaldor.