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the other jessica harkness

The only firm link between Jessica Harkness (1) and the Somerton Body case was a Glenelg phone number written on the back of a Rubaiyat found near the scene.

Detective Brown was reported to have said there was more than one number written on the back of the book, Gerry Feltus says he saw no evidence of more than one.

Jessica (1) almost keeled over under questioning after being escorted to the museum by three detectives and shown the victim’s death-mask.

Leane, Canney and Brown would have been an experienced trio. Put yourself in her position.

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Jessica Harkness (2) sailed from Australia on the SS Monrovia not long after the start of the Spanish Civil war. A nurse, she said she was seeking experience. Jessica (2) was from Balaklava in SA* and she wasn’t alone in her altruism.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/25603924?

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The Somerton man was thought to be in Adelaide looking for Jessica Harkness (1) and as a result we’ve been seeking connections to the Glenelg Harkness. But what if SM was in Adelaide looking for the Balaklava Harkness? The nurse who sailed away on a Russian steamer to assist victims of the Spanish Civil War.

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This is what we’ve got, thanks to Gordon Cramer.

http://tamamshud.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/somerton-man.html?showComment=1505892018994

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The Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA)
12 ноя 1936
Balaklava, South Australia, Australia
“… Personal Sister Harkness, daughter of Mr & Mrs J Harkness, left for England by the “Moldavia” to gain further experience in her nursing career”

https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10450/the-wooroora-producer-balaklava-sa-12-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%8F-1936?lang=RU&itemId=37418517&action=showRecord&recordTitle=The+Wooroora+Producer+%28Balaklava%2C+SA%29 **

The Pinnaroo & Border Times” 9 Sept 1943 Page 3

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The Spanish Civil War started on July 1936 as a revolt led by Franco against the Republican government of Spain, and supported by conservative elements within the country. A bloody civil war ensued. The rebel Nationalists received aid from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The Republicans received aid from the Soviet Union, as well as from International Brigades, composed of volunteers from Europe and the United States.

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The passenger-motor ship “Moldavia” was built by order of the USSR in 1928 at the shipyard “Schiffswerft & Maschinenfabrik” (formerly known as “Janssen & Schmilinsky”) in Hamburg and in the same year entered the Black Sea for Odessa’s “Sovtorgflot”.

 Moldavia starboard side

After completion of the construction and commissioning on the Black Sea, which took place approximately in 1928-1929, the ship began work on the line of the Court, assigned to the port of Odessa, were put on the cargo-passenger line Odessa-Nikolaev-Kherson-Odessa. (Ukraine) .
This line was attractive not only for passengers traveling between Odessa and Kherson (or Nikolaev and Ochakov, if there were calls made there). Kherson was the final destination of river passenger vessels making trips along the Dnieper along the Kiev-Kherson line, and thus, the opportunity was opened for connecting flights – transfer to another line and convenient communication between Odessa and the ports on the southern part of the Dnieper and, if necessary, even to Kiev .
The ship “Moldavia” worked on this line until the very beginning of the 1941-1945 war.
With the outbreak of the 1941-1945 War, the ship was included in the Soviet Navy.

http://kruiznik.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2761 **

In July 1936, General Franco raised a military mutiny, thereby initiating a civil war in Spain.
In this situation, the Soviet government decided to help the Spanish Republic in the fight against the rebels.
Almost all Soviet aid went by sea. The first Soviet courts that arrived in Spain were the Kuban and the Neva. On September 23, 1936, they brought food and clothing to the port of Alicante. The first Soviet transport with weapons was the motor ship Komsomol, which arrived in Cartagena from Odessa on October 13, 1936. On its side, besides other military cargo, there were fifty T-26 tanks. The next ship of the Black Sea Shipping Company with 25 I-15 fighters was the ship Kursk, which arrived in Alicante on November 2. And on November 1, steamships “Andreev” (Baltic Shipping Company) and “Turksib” (Belomorsk Shipping Company) came to Bilbao. In total, from October 13, 1936 to September 1, 1937 52 Soviet transport vehicles with military cargoes arrived at the republican ports.
The ships of the Spanish fleet approximately equally went to the Republicans and the Francoists. On November 18, 1936, the rebels declared a blockade of the republic’s ports. Soon they were joined by the Italians.
In October-November 1936, more than 510 tons of Spanish gold was delivered from the port of Cartagena to Odessa on four ships – Neva, Kim, Kuban and Volgoles. Perhaps, some other part of the gold in the same way was later sent on the steamer Khrushchev.

https://history.wikireading.ru/98945 **

(** yes, it’s in Russian, as is Gordon’s source)

  • about 80 k’s north of Adelaide, connected by train since 1878.
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  1. From Misca: copied from another thread

    Could be Jessie Read Harkness (1901-1985). Electoral rolls show her as living in Balaklava, Wakefield in 1941. Father John Harkness, mother Susan Hay Read. Lots of siblings. She was a nurse. Interesting thing though, the two family groups may well be related as they both originate from Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. Also there’s a distant intermingle with a name that frequently appears on Prosper’s side. I’ll take another look when I get a chance.

    September 21, 2017
  2. Clive #

    Hi Pete, See “Daily Commercial News & Shipping List” 2 Nov 1936, Page 4 “Moldavia” Sydney to Melbourne 0n 31 October 1936. Also “The Daily News” 7 Nov 1936, Page 3 and “The West Australian” 9 Nov 1936, Page 13 Adelaide to Fremantle.

    September 21, 2017
  3. It seems that the Harkness name was also known in Pinaroo, a wedding of a local lady and gentleman the bride being related to one of the bridesmaids, a Miss Marion Harkness:
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/197622280?searchTerm=Sister%20Harkness&searchLimits=sortby=dateDesc|||l-state=South+Australia|||l-title=896

    September 21, 2017
  4. Clive #

    “Chronicle” 19 May 1938, Page 16- looks like J@ had returned by this date.

    September 21, 2017
  5. A Miss JR Harkness of Owen SA arrived back on the ORMONDE ex London on 4th January 1938. NOK was a Mr. W Harkness of Owen SA.

    September 21, 2017
    • It’s going to be tough finding her in UK nurse’s registries … even harder if she worked in Spain. Did she continue with the trade back in Aus?

      September 21, 2017
  6. Clive #

    Hi Pete, “Sister Harkness” mentioned in “The Advertiser” 14 Feb 1945 Page 10, “Miss J. Harkness” mentioned in “The Advertiser” 9 Sep 1947 Page 7, “Miss J. Harkness” mentioned in “The Producer” 1 Dec 1949 Page 3.

    September 21, 2017
  7. SS Ormonde in town in 1948?

    September 21, 2017
  8. Clive #

    Arrived Adelaide on 2 March 1948 & 2 October 1948 +

    September 21, 2017
  9. Ellen #

    Helmuth Hendon took part in the Spanish War and gave talks about it on the radio.

    September 21, 2017
  10. Misca #

    There is another branch of Jessie Read Harkness’ family that lived in the Hamley Bridge area.

    September 22, 2017
  11. Jessica (1) was told that a man had come by some flats next door to her home in 1948 and enquired for a nurse, this information was possibly supplied to the media by a police source. She could not remember the month. (GF)
    Someone named T Keane from the crew of the SS Ormonde looking for Jessica (2)?

    It was in town in March and October 1948 (thanks Clive).

    September 22, 2017
    • Misca #

      Why this specific ship? There were many coming in between October and November.

      September 23, 2017
      • It was the ship J2 sailed home on after her nursing spell overseas. We are looking for any familiar names, like Keane.

        September 23, 2017
  12. The Ormonde had quite a career. which ended I think in 1955. The first trip to Australia with Migrants was the one that arrived in March 48. Here’s the link with good pics and history:
    http://www.ssmaritime.com/RMS-Ormonde.htm

    September 22, 2017
  13. Misca #

    Um. I’m confused. What are we searching for on the Ormonde?

    September 22, 2017
  14. Misca #

    Gordon – In case she hasn’t encountered this site, could you let Kate know that there has also been a lot of discussion here on Pete’s site…About SM and about Jessie Harkness.

    September 22, 2017
  15. Crew list I think Misca.

    September 22, 2017
  16. Misca, Yes, I did ask but no response thus far. Her information on the Moldavia was incorrect so some doubt about the motives. Having said that, the Harkness link isn’t without some merit.

    September 22, 2017
  17. Misca #

    September 22, 2017
    • Misca #

      Not at you Gordon. Just for general comment.

      September 22, 2017
  18. Further information, the Moldavia built by Camel Lairds is not the ship that Kate referred to, she was talking of a smaller diesel powered boat that was used on the black sea:
    http://kruiznik.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2761

    It is likely that Kate thought they were one and the same vessel.

    September 22, 2017
  19. Well, maybe not. Kate could be referring to another Moldavia, much smaller vessel that was built for use on the Black Sea as opposed to the much larger Moldavia built be Camel Lairds in Liverpool, it was the latter that Ms Harkness travelled on. I have posted and requested Kate to contact/comment here.

    September 22, 2017
  20. Misca #

    Looking forward to her response, Our new Russian Kate.

    September 22, 2017
  21. What’s that about holding your breath 🙂

    September 22, 2017
  22. Byron Deveson #

    I still think it is possible that SM is my man Charles Mikkelsen. It seems odd that the authorities kept such a voluminous file (NAA C1940/3532) on an otherwise unremarkable seaman. I note that there are frequent cross-references to several other files and some of these cross-references include the annotation “Mi” in red ink – Military intelligence? File page 10 two file annotations “38/20 Mi” and “7165 Mi”. File page 25 “37/7121 Mi” and “38/20 Mi”. File page 27 “S.B. 37/2541” “31/7121 Mi” “8912 Mi”. Maybe “S.B.” is Special Branch? In my day red ink annotation of files was only permitted for very senior bureaucrats such as First Assistant Secretaries.
    And, how come Mikkelsen’s 1930 Norwegian passport turns up in his file C1940/3532? This seems very strange. Under what circumstances would the authorities retain a foreign passport? I can’t find any other example of a foreign passport being held in the Australian archives.

    September 22, 2017
    • They would retain it if it was a forgery, do you think?

      September 22, 2017
  23. Clive #

    Was Charles Mikkelsen the man who worked on Kangaroo Island doing odd jobs etc?

    September 22, 2017
  24. Byron Deveson #

    f anyone speaks to Paul Lawson, or GF, in the near future could they please ask why SM was photographed with a piece of paper or a piece of mortician’s putty covering part of the bridge of his nose? There wouldn’t be any autopsy incisions there, so what is it covering? Maybe an old scar? It would be police SOP to cover up a noticeable scar so they could easily check the validity of any identifications. I have good reason to believe that there was a scar that has been covered up in the autopsy photo. And, if there was a scar, then I have a strong case for an identification of SM.

    September 22, 2017
  25. Clive #

    Thanks Pete, I wasn’t quite sure if CM was the one on KI. By the way, Paul Lawson told me he thinks the SM worked on KI as well, then again, PL told me he thought the SM could have been working at Woomera.

    September 22, 2017
    • This is Clive gently assuming the mantle of a natural speaker of Acrostic Mysticism. A reincarnation of the well-muscled Sumo wrestler.

      September 22, 2017
  26. Clive #

    BD, Was the position of his head moved? In the second picture it looks as if his chin is resting on the top of his collar.

    September 22, 2017
  27. Byron Deveson #

    Clive, it looks like SM’s head was tilted forward for the frontal photo.

    September 22, 2017
  28. If you recall, the Police took additional photographs, a reconstructed photograph was the term used I think. It was done on the Friday, 3 days after his discovery. Coincidentally, 3 days is the time after death that bloating is observed and you can see that clearly in both images. The Somerton Man’s face was far ‘leaner’ in real life.

    You can also see the distinct line from the chin to the ear in the profile view.

    September 22, 2017
    • Gordon, in what manner was the photograph reconstructed?

      September 22, 2017
  29. Byron Deveson #

    Gordon, I agree that the photos have been retouched to remove the autopsy incisions and I agree about the line and your observation regarding bloating. .

    September 22, 2017
  30. I have to say, if this was a game of ping-pong we’d be playing with six balls …

    September 22, 2017
  31. ellen #

    I can see why this blog is called tomsbytwo : two rubiyatts, two Jessica Harknesses, two Charles Mikkelsons, and two SM suicides (Tibor and beach body). lol

    September 23, 2017
  32. Misca #

    We need to look for a 2nd Prosper McTaggart Thomson now.

    September 23, 2017
    • You might have guessed that there was another Prosper.

      September 24, 2017
  33. We need to look at who was on the ss Ormonde when it arrived in Adelaide in October 1948 …

    September 23, 2017
  34. How about a Shoe Company by the name of Harkness?

    September 23, 2017
    • Misca #

      Thomas Young Harkness (b.abt 1853 • Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland). Died August 1931. Smalley and Harkness.

      September 23, 2017
      • I see why you’re bored Misca, there’s more excitement on Pinterest. But truth to be told, this is not the world of research, it is the world of investigation and there is a universe of difference.

        An investigation is bone-jarringly, heart-rendingly, eye wateringly and foot wearingly repetitive and boring.

        It takes perseverance, it takes commitment, it takes skill, experience and depth and it takes an immunity to being bored. That was and still is the world of detection and investigation. These people don’t give in at the first hurdle, they don’t assume that they have the knowledge, experience and depth to know the difference, they persist and they continue to learn.

        There are those that pretend, they put themselves forward as gurus and yet all they do is to pursue their perception of their own greatness, no substance, just perception.

        In the Courier Mail today there was an article about two BD (Bomb Disposal) experts from the Australian Army, they could have been Canadian or American but today, the article was about Australians. They were, in fact, the two guys upon who the ‘movie, ‘The Hurt Locker’ was based.

        In all, they undertook some 180 missions defusing IEDs and other crippling devices. Their names were submitted to the Australian ‘authorities’ as being in need of recognition. The problem was that our dear bureaucrats, academics to the core, could not agree on what constituted ‘courage’ and ‘valour’, so they refused the recognition and no medals. What really pissed me off was that these academic idiots had absolutely no idea of what it would be like to walk out in a padded suit and to disable a bomb that could have killed them and hundreds around them, no idea whatsoever. It also crossed my mind that the best way to give them the skills needed was to send them out on a 12-month tour alongside these heroes, my bet is they wouldn’t last 5 minutes.

        I read that and I thought about the likes of Nick Pelling and the grandiose, haughty, abusive and deceitful ways in which he sets about attacking those that dare to disagree with him and his ‘minions’. He sneers, he mocks and does so deliberately. There is a psychological term for that, I will leave it for you to research. If you read this and it offends you, Nick, go for your life son, pursue it if you want, I would be delighted. It’s time that your truth was revealed.

        I have lost good friends in Iraq, way back, who, unarmed, were doing their best to save others by delivering much-needed food and shelter. Quite frankly, I abhor the likes of those who grandstand and make little of the work of those who do their level best to see justice done. Similarly, I have no time for the grandstanders who make little of the work of Pete, Clive, Byron and others.

        In the Somerton Man case, the issue is not just one man, it is about all those incredibly brave men and women of all persuasions who paid the ultimate price for the peace we now have, albeit unsettled, If we gain recognition for him then we gain recognition for all.

        Imagine a world where all agreed on what had taken place and that these men and women had sacrificed themselves for our awakening. The Somerton Man may only be one person, but he is representative of all who died for the sake of progress.

        Where do you sit Misca?

        September 24, 2017
        • Anyone who goes online to say Detective Sergeant Leane was talking out if his arse and Gerry Feltus had it all wrong has assumed the throne of all Somerton Man knowledge.
          Especially someone with no knowledge of police procedure, no contacts with the police force, no history of tactics used by nations in the Cold War, a library bereft of works of espionage literature, real and imagined, and too make it even more unbearable, someone who has never set a foot in the country where it all happened and has difficulty in understanding the language.

          September 24, 2017
  35. How about the civil servant Harkness who lived in David Street, Clifton Gardens? To be fair it was a double-barreled name, Burns Harkness. ANy relation to J1 or J2?

    September 23, 2017
  36. Harkness must be Cumbrian for rabbit, the buggers are everywhere.

    September 23, 2017
  37. Our civil servant in the toff end of Clifton Gardens had a son in the army, Jack, Jack was a naughty boy 2 court-martial records. Not good for Daddy who was a Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George. That’s apart from his senior position in the NSW Government. Maybe related to one or the other?

    September 23, 2017
  38. Clive #

    Yep, the Harkness tribe are quite Hare-raising?

    September 23, 2017
  39. Misca #

    Talk of all these J Harkness’ and variations thereof (btw – there are hundreds – yes, they reproduced like bunnies)…lead me back to the source of origin. Forgive me, but as much as I have researched this case, I am wont to understand how Jessica (the one) ever got attached to her Thomas Harkness/Ellen Lee “roots”. Did her children/family suggest this? Where did this connection begin? We don’t have her date or place of birth. We have no record of her parents or attachment of her to supposed siblings. How was this assumption made?

    Help me out because I cannot find any record of her link to the Thomas Harkness/Ellen Lee family and if I have forgotten it, I would like to be reminded.

    September 25, 2017
    • I am fairly certain that there are no birth records regarding J1.Could it be that she was from another branch of a Harkness family? I wonder what birth/marriage records would turn up for 1919 to 1921 for the Balaklava and Clifton Gardens clans? Maybe a scandal? NSW birth records for the two years 1919 to 1921? Sounds like a big task but only females and maybe with a Harkness surname or a fathers name of Harkness if not the mother?

      It does seem a little too much of a coincidence that J1 lived just a couple of hundred metres up the road from the NSW clan but these things do happen and as you point out there are lots of branches, 375 records in NAA. Worth a look though.

      September 25, 2017
      • Misca #

        Plug in “Harkness”, fill in “Adelaide”, hone in on an Australia search and go wild. There are many “leads”… you could spend years in there.

        September 26, 2017
  40. Misca #

    In general, not always, the records for this period of birth (1907-1921) if I remember correctly, don’t give a precise date of birth. They list the “period” and they do not list the parent’s name. Quite useless actually apart from establishing that a person of that name was born.

    September 26, 2017
  41. Misca #

    Harkness is a very common name. Jessica lived among many Harkness’ while right there in Glenelg. Not surprising or much of a coincidence. There was a Harkness clan at Broken Hill as well.

    September 26, 2017
  42. Clive #

    BD, Just heard from a lady friend of Paul Lawson, he states there was no scar on the nose of the SM, but there was a ‘bump’ on his nose, caused after his death.

    September 29, 2017
  43. JS, in the spirit of cooperation, the Spanish connection might be Sister Dorothy Low who, I think, shared the platform with Sister Harkness at the Border country CWA meeting.

    October 7, 2017

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