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George had property to protect in Singapore in 1941. The Japanese invading army were almost on their bicycles and business is business in war and peace.

The Japanese may have made an arrangement with him on the lines of – you help us now, we’ll help you when we win the war. They did the same thing with the Thailand brass, everybody smiling in the photographs. And there was no problem with clandestine radio contact out of Singapore, Patrick Heenan had a couple of sets when they caught him chatting with Yamashito up-country. They shot him.

George Marshall moved to Potts Point, and Sydney Harbour a very busy place in those WW2 days. Ask Alf Boxall, who worked at the Army Base on the Georges Head side. With binoculars they could have waved to each other.

George was found dead over there at Georges Head, a place he had no right to be. Ask John Sanders.

Harbour view and tea for two @ Jenner Private Hospital, Potts Point.

In 1940, the site (Jenner PH) was acquired by the Commonwealth as part of their resumption of properties in Potts Point to construct the Captain Cook Graving Dock and Garden Island. The house originally had a harbour frontage, but land reclamation and development led to much of the original foreshore garden being destroyed.

The hospital was allowed to stay in the premises under a leasehold arrangement. However, in 1952-1953 the hospital’s lease was terminated, much to the dismay of the hospital’s Matron McMaster. McMaster died not long afterwards …

Three Rubaiyats. Three bodies.

Allied shipping in WW2 / Sydney Harbour vantage spots / George Marshall dead / codes / Gwen Graham, George’s lady friend dead / Sydney nurses / Jestyn / SM dead / Sydney Harbour hospitals / Potts Point / Georges Head / Alf Boxall.

Who was Percy Williams? And who died a custodial* death in one of the internee camps?

Header pic is British surrender, Singapore. Percival on the right.

It’s quite a melodramatic thesis. isn’t it?

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  1. I think 4 Rubaiyats. Two in Glenelg, Alf’s and the Marshall’s 8th. George’s was definitely a false imprint. As for the others who knows.

    August 27, 2017
  2. Tes, two in Glenelg, both in Jetty Road.

    August 28, 2017
    • This is something new …

      August 28, 2017
      • Got it … I remember reading that years ago and thinking something slipped through the gate. Coincidences such as that take a bit of believing. Maybe the reporter had a chat with his favourite detective, the one who reckoned there were several phone numbers on the back of the Rubaiyat. The bloke who took 3 months to find out what Tamam Shud meant.
        If ever there was someone on Mr Francis’ payroll, whoever he was, this bloke runs good interference.

        August 28, 2017
        • What swayed me in favour of it being true was the almost throw away comment that one was found in Jetty Road by a business man but it was a different edition.

          August 30, 2017
  3. john sanders #

    Always nice to see Gen. Perciville ‘nip the nip’ get a guernsey; Though mention old Matron ‘disaster’ McMaster brings to mind a couple of mentionable points. According to Matron Monica McMahon’s bio, she would have had to have been at Tatura when the so called custodial death occurred in ’44. Strangly no mention of a posting there is recorded in her well documented service record. Another old Matron, ‘no name’ Harkness was serving out her time in The Gilberts in ww1 if that means anything (she looks ancient in the pic). What about Cynthia Harkness, army nurse bn. 1912 of Clifton Gardens Sydney nok Ellen; could she fit into the equation. We will have cause to remember Jessica’s immortal quip, “This is higher the S.A. police”, way higher Jessie dear mark my words.

    August 28, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Talking about coddywompling, seems that the well documented two Rubaiyats in Jetty Rd. are now being touted as a stunning new revelation. Come on lads, twos up can work better than that; and what about your Vic. pub quiz Gordon, 7 lonely days remember laddy.

      August 28, 2017
      • john sanders #

        This is what I think we should already know and it makes sense to the nth. Two Rubaiyats, one a first edition 75 with Taman Shud (sic) ending and the other the larger second edition 101 and its shorter Tamam finish. Therefore only one chance for a correct match if everyone is playing straight and the books aint knock-offs. Fat chance of that folks.

        August 28, 2017
  4. That’s interesting, ‘stunning new revelation’ who is touting that JS? If it was well documented perhaps you could point us to the location where you found it.

    The quiz is done and ready for posting, did you manage to work out the Victoria Hotel Message?
    Come to think of it, there was no message from your good self JS, I thought that you would have been front and centre 🙂

    August 28, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Gordon: Saw it on your own last blog mate. You even saw fit to have it highlighted ….. 27/7/49 re eagle eyed Clives find of a couple if days ago….My answer to your quiz “no parking” was posted on 25th inst. Hope I got it right. Get some rest & cheers.

      August 28, 2017
      • Hmm, no, I didn’t say ‘stunning new revelation’ it clearly states ‘another exceptional find’ referring to Clive, No. the message wasn’t ‘No Parking’ it was a steganographic message so my apologies 🙂 Will publish the post in the morning.

        August 28, 2017
        • john sanders #

          Gordon: Reference the ‘now being touted’, I’ll change to flouted, as ‘another exceptional find’. You’ll agree that the substitution in the operative words flout and tout doesn’t seem to reflect much difference, but my own apologies to both you and Clive for the slight if that is how it was perceived. cheers.

          August 28, 2017
          • I’m deeply offended, and I wasn’t even in the room at the time.

            August 28, 2017
  5. Interesting JS, where has the issue of a second Rubaiyat in Jetty Road been discussed? I have looked and haven’t found any reference on other blogs. Not that I am saying they did a poor job, just that there is no other ‘well documented’ reference that I have seen. Whilst on the topic, who is ‘touting’ it as a stunning new revelation? Seriously, if that’s the case perhaps you could point me at it. I have said that it is certainly another great find from Clive, he has a record of finding the often overlooked fine details and is to be congratulated on that.

    The Vic Hotel post has been held for a day whilst the 4th Rubaiyat was published, but it’s all done you’ll be pleased to hear 🙂

    August 28, 2017
  6. Clive #

    John, No worries-Now where did I put that photo of Jessie, Alf, the SM and George having tea together at the Clifton Gardens Hotel with an attentive Tibor reading from a copy of the Rubaiyat?

    August 28, 2017
    • john sanders #

      And Tibor may well redeem himself a little further down the track. How about his hand writing, could it have been fudged with a fair sample. I guess its likely that his role would have been as a spotter for the hit and so we may be looking for a Tatura inmate or even a bad camp official as the target.

      August 28, 2017
      • Come in Laurence Block

        August 28, 2017
        • john sanders #

          Pete: If you’re talking about Block with a ‘w’, and his PI that’s with the AA wowsers, how could you trust a bloke that’s off the piss. Would not be suprised to hear he’s given up on the dhurries as well. I’ll stick with the Harry Bosch brigade.

          August 29, 2017
          • I read thirteen Connelly novels in a row one time when there was little to do but rent a room and wait for someone to take my money.

            August 29, 2017
            • john sanders #

              But not a touch on my old mate Graeme Greene. Met him in Saigon 89. Told him he was dead. He told me he was the Quiet American. I told him I was the obnoxious Australian. Almost true.

              August 29, 2017
  7. ellen #

    If you’re a fan of crime novels, you have heard about forensic profiles. George Marshall, Gwen Dorothy Graham and Somerton Man’s murders meet the same profile. Who do they have in common? None other than Hellmuth, Hienz,Horace, Andrey, Honig, Hendon, against whom George and Mrs Dorothy McNab warned Gwen..

    August 30, 2017
  8. ellen #

    Correction: make that “suicide” instead of murder.

    August 30, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Tibor did not seem to be too concerned about dieing like a gentile, but he seemed more than a trifle fussy about certain aspects of his post mortal self and effects. Under normal circumstances his suicide note would have been considered as a legal last will and testement. But he does not appear to have dated the document which should have nullified its judicial notarising effect….I worry about things like his knowledge of donating his body for research, the practise of which was not custom in Europe generally at that time. I have some concern by a discrepency of two inches in his height between various documents in his AustArch papers. It is also noted that his time in Tatura in 42 was marked by numerous incidents of so called Jew baiting, death threats and corresponding Nazi/Fascist dobbing incidents, interfused with the AFM people led by Xavier Herbert’s publicist, Pinky Stephenson stirring the pot.

      August 30, 2017
      • “The task of an intellectual is to make order out of chaos. Construct. Put your ideas on a blackboard (or a blog), and then see what happens to them.”
        A Small Town in Germany. JlCarre. P145/146 – I just happened upon it.

        August 30, 2017
  9. Clive #

    What do we know about Gwen Dorothy Graham?, how did she and George meet? There was a 12 year gap between them, so what did GDG see in GM and vice-versa?

    August 30, 2017
  10. ellen #

    Clive: I can only go by what the papers at that time say….What little ink she received (compared to GM), GDG was painted as a gold digger. A big issue at the inquest was her receipt of money to open a beauty shop….a contributory cause to GM’s suicide. To me it seemed that accounts were being censored by the Marshall family and they wanted to cover up a homicide angle for some reason. Hellmuth maligned her by giving an account of his landlord insisting that she get out of his apartment…so the story was being shaped as her being a floozie mooch. Perhaps she was a genuine friend. Who knows?
    I am struck by the fact that these three murders require at least two people to engineer…..one of whom, I would suppose to be HHH.

    August 31, 2017
  11. Clive #

    And Gwen wasn’t around to defend herself. So, GM is ‘removed’ and the nearest to him is also ‘removed’-how convenient. Perhaps the Marshall family didn’t want to be seen connected to this GM’s death and GM was deemed to be an inconvenient obstacle that had to be removed, something akin to another high profile figure who died 20 years ago?.

    August 31, 2017
  12. Clive #

    Sorry, I meant GDG was deemed to be an inconvenient obstacle….

    August 31, 2017

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