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The Gordon Cramer Show

Gordon’s not a bloke for summaries, if I was to print out his blog and reduce it to a quick read it might take six months, so bugger it, I’ll do it on the fly. Too many words tire the eye.

Clive was rummaging around on the internet one day and thought he’d plunk a query on Trove, it might have gone something like this.


And look where it’s taken us.

Two middle-aged men sharing an Adelaide mortuary cabinet in the same month – December 1948 – one a documented internee the other (SM) now reasonably suspected of being one.

One a known suicide, the other suspected of being one.

Internee camps employed their prisoners judiciously and allowed them to make and sell all manner of goods. The internees painted, carved and engraved. They operated shops, ran laundries, made boots and sold second hand clothes.

They made money.

Internee George Teltscher the master engraver.


SM was wearing a pair of handmade, bespoke leather shoes. They carried no brand, only a number. He had unidentified laundry marks on his trousers, he carried tools that could be used for engraving or bootmaking, his fingerprints showed the wear signs common to engravers or bootmakers.

SM had a piece of paper in his pocket that could only be fitted into the book it was torn from.

This was how men unknown to each other could become known to each other.

The book was eventually found and handed in, its owner never identified.

This story tells itself.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. I think that sounds promising Pete. A few players may have had that book but who’s to know?

    September 22, 2016
  2. Thank you GC, you are very generous in your praise.

    I’m in the process of negotiating the purchase of a bona-fide George Teltscher internment camp bank note. I expect to be able to see micro-code in the places you have indicated – without the help of magnification.

    September 22, 2016
  3. Clive #

    Hi Pete, What happens if you cannot see any micro-code? I shouldn’t worry about it-if GC says it’s there, you can bank on it!

    September 22, 2016
    • That’s bullshit, Clive, and you know it.

      September 22, 2016
  4. ellen #

    I am thinking along the line of doubles. That phrase, “It can’t be Tommy Keane, we cremated him.” keeps running through my mind. What better pace to find a look alike than an interment camp.

    September 23, 2016
  5. Well Pete, I expect you will see micro writing as well, but you will probably need a magnifying glass, these things are small, between .3mm and .7mm in height. You might want to check out the list of bonafide serial numbers for the notes before you part with any money and hopefully, you get a chance to take some high-resolution images. These should be taken at several different oblique angles and preferably in daylight although strong lighting, not fluoro as it flickers, will get a reasonable result.

    Have a great day 🙂

    September 23, 2016
    • Tom Cruise said it. ‘Show me the money!’

      September 23, 2016

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