jessica’s links with the somerton man
If you can believe Derek Abbott ..
SM came to town to see Jessica and his son. He brought the Rubaiyat with him. He was the one who wrote her telephone number on the book’s back cover.
.. you can believe GF’s fiction.
SM tossed the Rubaiyat into the window of a car on his way to the beach.
The ASIO listening post in Somerton Park
Somerton had its own branch of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) and there were several CPA heavies living in the Somerton Park/Glenelg area.
I tried to get to see the file: “CP of A (Communist Party of Australia) South Australia, Glenelg Branch” dated 1949. Series number A6122, Control symbol 624, but was told it was closed because of security concerns. I am fairly sure this file was previously open to some degree, but the archives now seem to be restricting material relating to the CPA.
I think the listening post probably used land lines to tap into telephone lines before they reached the local exchange. I think that by 1949 it was common practice for the security services to covertly adjust the telephones of targets so that the line was continuous open (by replacing one insulating washer with a dummy washer from memory). That way the telephone line was continuously open and any conversations within range could be intercepted.
Lifted from a comment by Byron Deveson on CM.
Jessica was known to be passing or receiving intelligence with Alf Boxall when she was working in Sydney, and in the doing was likely to have come under the notice of the Australian Security apparatus and their sparrows.
It was in Sydney she gifted Boxall an inscribed copy of the Rubaiyat.
Do you think the little man in the darkened bedroom at Somerton Park, surrounded by his dials telephones and winking lights, would have the mind to add Jessica to his list of Persons of Interest when she arrived in Somerton?
Do you think the Adelaide police may have knocked on his door, figuratively speaking, in their quest for information about the man found dead on the beach near to their listening house.
A phone number of anyone local under listening surveillance, other than the known CPA heavyweights.
pic is an OSS listening station
Thanks Ellen, down to you.