John Sanders isn’t in a hurry, his is the leisured pace of a man who knows his path, the rest of us, bar Misca, read his comments as clearly as a player does jigsaw pieces when they’re scattered on a table.
I picture him in a small riverside bar in unoccupied Vietnam, sitting on a stool with his back to the wall, a drink beside him, watching the river traffic, chatting with the lovely waiting tables and happy to pingpong us around within the boundaries of his imagination.
Where to start with all this information Sanders is spreading about?
Xavier Herbert, Sadie Herbert, David and Phillis Herbert, Jimmy and Joy Hawkins.
Helmut Hendon aka Heinz Hoenig.
George Marshall: Of course assuming that he was a sociopath no reason was necessary, perhaps George fell into that category
Ronald (George) Richard’s plant in the AFM (Nip) Four out of Perth in March ’42.
Percy Williams: but his other victim Percy Williams was merely to get the man out so Xavier could get his former job back.
Jimmy Hawkins: he had just undertaken a rudimentary course in Malay.
George Thomson’s brother Gaston: who worked at HMAS Rushcutter during the relevant period, a very tall and able seaman who could well have been Alf’s conduit to Jess. There’s some suggestion of possible organized crime and a particular merchant seaman mate of the aforesaid swabbie who whilst no longer with us, is still frequently spoken fondly of amongst sydney’s well connected inner suburban, colourful businessmen.
Tatura Internee Camp.
Hay internment camp: I’m with Gordon on the tie which is for Hay internment camp; 4 being Tatura and 14 Loveday,
Wolf Cohen: a photo of the time depicts WOLF, Sadie and her sisters, presumably shot before leaving England still exists. We could try to get hold of her own interview with Eric Waite before her death to see if that sheds light on her early years before Xavier. It’s also quite likely that her nephew David Herbert circa. 48/50, son of David Francis & 2nd wife Joan is still with us; He was known to be communicating with her from PNG. De Groens Bio and even Sadie’s published letters could also help if we want to play my still confidant hunch right out. Good luck.
Sadie Cohen: she arrived in Australia apparently alone on the El Kantara (Alcantara) mid 20’s? as Sarah Cohen or Norden. Mother was a cockney from London (not Ontario) with maiden name of Rosenthal and she had sisters E & T, also other relatives Harry & Millie.
Walter Klod Clayton.
Parafield Air Pageant in ’48.
George Thomson’s brother Gaston: Alf’s conduit to Jess
Alfred Hughes: The “Constable Alfred Hughes” who was involved in the murder investigation was almost certainly Alfred Hughes of the CIS who is now known to be a Soviet agent. He essentially killed any investigation into communist/Soviet activities in NSW during WW2 and protected communist agents such as Frances Ada Bernie – Doc Evatt’s private secretary during WW2 and probably one of the most effective Soviet espionage sources during WW2.
The Rubaiyat: Wasn’t Alf’s rubaiyat an English/Malay version?
The Tamam Shud slip: There wasn’t any tamam shud slip per se.
ASIO: The contents of the file that was archived in the NAA concerning the Communist Party of Australia activities in Glenelg in 1949 seems to have been sent back to ASIO if I am reading the “exceptions” notice correctly. This immediately raises the question “why is this still of concern to ASIO”. Is it related to matters that are still of active operational concern? Any sources from 1949 are either dead, or at best in Zimmer frames. What is ASIO covering up?
ASIO ‘sent’ Cleland to find the Tamam Shud slip.
The Somerton Man: SM was pure vengeance and also retribution for the death of a friend Another remote possibility is that the victim was Sadie’s bum of a husband Wolf Cohen who can’t be traced. Not by me anyhow.
“… who would be the most likely category of person(s) to warrant self perceived retribution of a mad man. His many associates of varying persuasions and diverse backgrounds, who suffered indignity, hardship, property disposession etc. through the war years at the hands of hardline people in authority would be included. I think mainly however, that his own alter ego was the one friend he was really out to avenge most of all.” JS
Items of note:
If we could get hold of things like X. Herbert’s letters and personal codes which he was known to have (which are in the public forum but not here in VN), this whole proposition could be surely expedited. Go for it people and take all the glory, I’m not selfish.
Arthur Dibley was an aboriginal rights supporter from the disgustingly wealthy Stephenson/Palings group of musical instrument and recording families. He was also associated with writing publishing and was of use to Xavier in this regard. Being a constant companion of the great man during his persuit of copy, he may well have gone with him to the Parafield Air Pagent in ’48 as both men were keen on aviation… Bob Wake had his own mainly disinterested agenda with connection to the likes of Kiwi Klod and Co., knowing full-well that it was all a load of red baiting codswallop. You’ll also have seen his ficticious account of dog-watch on a house at Helensburgh in ’49 which could only have been Inky Stepenson’s holiday hut. I seem to recall Bob’s son talking about going to an air pagent with his dad and uncle Augo when he was twelve (Val Wake bn.1935)… All I know about Wolf is that he was a gambler and a wastrell but whether he was an Aussie, Brit or Euro, I have no idea, though he could well have been in ww1(Sadie bn. 1899)…I have nothing more to offer on George or Shirley but they won’t fet past if they show themselves again.
Comments down to JS, BD and Misca. Pic is Can Tho.