following the leader
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.