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the publication countdown

Sitting in the Hong Kong hotel room where it all started, sucking back on a bottle of Jamaica black rum, reading the proof and wondering who I should give a hard time downstairs, thinking there might be a yank in the lounge bar who needs seeing to after he elected D Trump to lead the free world.

Then again, maybe not.

The Bookmaker from Rabaul, it’s an Australian story and it’s finished.

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  1. ellen #

    Donald Trump will solve it. LOL

    November 13, 2016
  2. Pat #

    Dear Peter,
    Good luck with your long awaited book about the Somerton Man. You have put many years of dedicated research into your book by the sounds of things. I think it will be refreshing to finally see something out there that has been produced without an agenda to hand and based on the information in the public domain that is accurate and not false.
    I look forward to December 1st and pouring myself a glass of wine in the evenings and reading a chapter every night. Who knows it might get so addictive i might finish a bottle or two and get through the whole book. (Joking) (wink wink)

    November 13, 2016
    • Thanks Pat, I have to admit, a couple of bottles of rum went into the making of it …

      November 13, 2016
  3. Clive #

    Ellen, Donald may “Duck” out of it, on a “Trumped” up charge?

    November 13, 2016
    • Clive, I’ve warned you about your puns.

      November 13, 2016
  4. Clive #

    Hi Pete, Sorry about that. Like Pat and many others, I’m looking forward to this event after 68 years to the day.

    November 13, 2016
    • You’re the best punster I know Clive, keep it up.

      November 13, 2016
  5. ellen #

    I can’t wait. Here in the States, the weather will be cold and snowy so I’ll curl up in front of a fire and read my book with warm cup of cocoa. Thanks, Pete, for the early Christmas present.

    November 15, 2016
  6. I’ve always been told that the first sentence in a book is the most important, so I took a lot of time to get it right … as follows
    “It was a dark and stormy night when Nigel took Virginia into his arms and ripped the thin silk from …….”

    November 15, 2016
  7. Looking forward to your book Pete!

    Gordon – Once again, I have tried to post a comment and seem to have been unable to do so…

    November 15, 2016
    • Hi Misca, Not at all sure why that keeps happening. Please email.

      November 17, 2016
  8. I learnt a lot about accurate researching from you and Byron, Misca, something I’ll always be thankful for.

    November 15, 2016
  9. Gordon – I wish I could post directly on your site! I am sure that you and Clive have already seen this but just in case…

    It’s interesting that someone knew him as a lawyer and was looking for him in 1950:|||dateTo=1950-12-31


    November 18, 2016
  10. B Deveson #

    Gordon Cramer recently (5th November 2016) posted the following on his website.

    “Paul (Lawson) recalled that there was a family from Kangaroo Island who had identified the man, and he emphasised it was the whole family and in fact, they traveled over twice to view the body and identified it on both occasions. They believed that the man, who had worked on their property as a handyman was, in fact, a Russian defector, a ballet dancer. This lead was not followed up.

    There is one other point that Paul raised and that was in relation to the political views of one person involved in the investigation, according to Paul this man had strong communist leanings.”

    “Somerton Man: An interview with Paul Lawson …..”

    I suspect that the person whom Paul says “had strong communist leanings” muddied the waters around the investigation. I think the police investigation into the SM affair shouts “cover up” or “interference”. The big question is who or what was being protected.

    November 18, 2016
  11. GERMAN. — Lessons and coaching, single or in groups, by exp. German teacher (Univ. graduate). Dr. T. K., 10 The Avenue Windsor.

    This is the same address that Tibor listed in his intention to apply for naturalization.

    August 12, 1944:

    November 19, 2016
  12. Thanks Misca!

    November 19, 2016
  13. Pete, That puts Tibor in Windsor as a language teacher for at least 4 years. Still no other photographs of him nor Miss Brown. I wonder whether he was a boarder there and if so whether there was more than one? Misca, have you been able to track down the name of the owner of 10 the Avenue at the time?

    On the subject of his accommodation, Byron has mentioned the issue of the high levels of lead found in SM’s hair. The address in Windsor was quite an old property from the early 20s I think but could be older. It wasn’t until the 1930s that copper pipe was used within residential properties for the water supply. Until that time water pipes were made of lead as indeed were roof flashings and some water tanks. That particular property would of course not be the only one of that age in Australia that contained lead water piping so no really useful conclusions can be drawn from this fact. Apart, that is, that it could be that SM stayed in such a property a few weeks ahead of his Adelaide visit and his subsequent demise.

    It would answer the question of the reduction in lead levels if the place where he stayed, perhaps a hotel in Adelaide, had the water pipes renewed prior to 1948. At least it’s a possibility, I don’t know whether there were any building regulatory requirements placed on hotels in relation to water piping at or before that time.

    November 19, 2016
    • Gordon – Who is “Miss Brown”?

      November 21, 2016
      • No need to respond. I have figured it out.

        November 21, 2016
  14. ellen #

    In Misca’s post, it says Tabor was a University graduate. I wonder where.

    November 20, 2016
  15. Clive #

    Hi Misca, It seems strange that the UJORF (United Jewish Overseas Relief Fund) advertised in a newspaper for TK to contact them. Obviously, they were not aware of his death. Also, what seems odd is that, as far as I can trace, following your find of the newspaper advert by TK, August 1944, is the lack of any further adverts by TK. Another oddity is that, on TK’s “official” entry on the NAA website, no mention is made of his doctorate.

    November 20, 2016
  16. Clive #

    Hi Ellen, I’m presuming at Vienna University.

    November 20, 2016
  17. Gordon – I posted about the potential genetic ties to the US on ciphermysteries a while back (August 2015). There was no response. I wrote:

    There are two respected Australian families with ties to Virginia and Isham Randolph. They are also related to one another. They are Sir Robert Randolph Garran and Randolph Isham Stow…Both of these men’s ties to Isham Randolph are quite clear and well documented. Most DNA tests done thus far (for genealogical purposes) have been done in the US so it’s not surprising that DA’s results came back with links to American families. (Particularly this one!) Given that there are genetically related families in Australia, it seems much more likely that the connection is right there. So, perhaps, SM might not be American after all…

    He might have been Australian with genetic links to America.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t found any dancers in this very interesting family. Perhaps someone else has?

    Something to to think about…

    November 21, 2016
  18. Clive – I have gone crazy looking for it but I had found two similar postings. The other one was very similar to the link I have posted here except that instead of “Dr. T K” it had “Dr. T Kaldor”. I can’t find it now. It’s not in my bookmarks and I can’t seem to pull it up again through trove. : (

    November 21, 2016
  19. Thanks Misca, It would be no great surprise as you suggest, to find that SM was not American, would it make any real difference if he was I wonder? The big question right now is was he Robins Father? If he was then that would mean that he and Jestyn would have met up sometime in October 1946. Another question would be just where would that have been? Sydney? Possibly but not necessarily, people used to have leave entitlements even in those days 🙂

    Any thoughts?

    November 21, 2016
  20. Clive #

    Misca, Another advert was found by Gordon Cramer in “The Age” 27-09-48 Page 7, German Lessons.

    November 21, 2016
    • I had found only two ads. The one I posted the link to and another one, very similar to the first except he had written his name as Dr. T Kaldor. I have searched high and low and cannot find it again!

      November 22, 2016
  21. Clive #

    Hi Misca, It’s still a bit strange regarding Tibor’s adverts. He was teaching German for 4 years or so, but only advertised about 3 times? He was either highly successful, and didn’t need to advertise or, more likely, only advertised when he was working and had spare time.

    November 22, 2016
  22. It could be that Tibor was contracting to one of the Language Schools in Collins Street. Maybe Berlitz? A good place to meet other language teachers and students from 1942 onwards.

    November 23, 2016
  23. B Deveson #

    Gordon, I note that ASIO followed some suspects to the Sydney Berlitz language school in the early 1950s. From one of the files concerning Frances Ada Bernie,

    November 23, 2016
  24. Why would anyone in Australia, either during the war or immediately after it, take German lessons from an ex-internee expelled from the UK as an undesirable?
    If anyone wanted to be watched by the local intelligence people, Tibor was making all the right signals.
    That doesn’t seem to make any sense at all.

    November 23, 2016
  25. ellen #

    Pete, German is the language of science and engineering. It is very precise. Many of the atomic discoveries were made by Germans so it would attract spy wannabees and fellow travelers.

    November 24, 2016
  26. Clive #

    Hi Ellen, And if Tibor was working for the government, what better way to attract ‘individuals of interest’?

    November 24, 2016
  27. Byron, There’s a memory bell ringing about a woman who taught a Russian diplomat’s wife to speak English who in turn taught the woman to speak Rusian? I think that was in the early 50s? Can’t recall the ladies names. Nora someone?

    November 24, 2016

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