Unsolved Rubaiyat - Suspicious deaths, codes & spies

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Alfred Hughes (born in 1900 in Sydney) was a worker in his younger years, then studied in a technical college. Later for four years he studied medicine, but in 1924 because of financial problems in the family he joined the police force. In 1932 he joined the CPA and remained its member for 40 years. In 1940 Hughes was transferred to the Military Police. In 1942, after formation of Security Bureau (SB), the Military Police was disbanded, and he joined the SB. Here he became the chief of the counter espionage group involved in surveillance over subversive activities and the Communist Party affairs. According to colleagues, he was a real expert in his business. In 1945 he returned to the New South Wales police where he worked for the next fifteen years. In the beginning of 1945 Clayton recruited Hughes. Due to this Clayton got his hands on copies of the SB files with the data on the Soviet diplomats and TASS correspondents, the data on the structure of the Australian security service, the information of operation value. By the way, Hughes never named his agents in the CPA to his colleagues in SB, or, later, to the inspectors from ASIO.

Alfred Thompson Hughes
Much in his activities remains a riddle, as in materials of the Venona operation there is very little about a character of the information handed by him to Clayton in 1943-45. He was repeatedly interrogated in ASIO in 1949-52 and 1957, but during all interrogations he categorically denied acquaintance and contacts with Clayton, let alone the facts of transfer of information to the latter. Hughes was a skilled, first class policeman, it was uneasy to interrogate him as, as he being on a certain position, perfectly knew the contents of all police files on the CPA and its members. It was impossible to incriminate him anything, as ASIO, being a descendant of the Security Service, was not interested at all in a public condemnation of subversive activities of a person which in theory should have prevented that activity. Hughes served in police till 1960 and retired in a rank of detective-sergeant of 1st class. He died in 1978.

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Alfred Hughes (born in 1900 in Sydney) was a worker in his younger years, then studied in a technical college. Later for four years he studied medicine, but in 1924 because of financial problems in the family he joined the police force. In 1932 he joined the CPA and remained its member for 40 years. In 1940 Hughes was transferred to the Military Police. In 1942, after formation of Security Bureau (SB), the Military Police was disbanded, and he joined the SB. Here he became the chief of the counter espionage group involved in surveillance over subversive activities and the Communist Party affairs. According to colleagues, he was a real expert in his business. In 1945 he returned to the New South Wales police where he worked for the next fifteen years. In the beginning of 1945 Clayton recruited Hughes. Due to this Clayton got his hands on copies of the SB files with the data on the Soviet diplomats and TASS correspondents, the data on the structure of the Australian security service, the information of operation value. By the way, Hughes never named his agents in the CPA to his colleagues in SB, or, later, to the inspectors from ASIO.

Alfred Thompson Hughes
Much in his activities remains a riddle, as in materials of the Venona operation there is very little about a character of the information handed by him to Clayton in 1943-45. He was repeatedly interrogated in ASIO in 1949-52 and 1957, but during all interrogations he categorically denied acquaintance and contacts with Clayton, let alone the facts of transfer of information to the latter. Hughes was a skilled, first class policeman, it was uneasy to interrogate him as, as he being on a certain position, perfectly knew the contents of all police files on the CPA and its members. It was impossible to incriminate him anything, as ASIO, being a descendant of the Security Service, was not interested at all in a public condemnation of subversive activities of a person which in theory should have prevented that activity. Hughes served in police till 1960 and retired in a rank of detective-sergeant of 1st class. He died in 1978.

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A good summation. I suspect we may find more on Ben in Wally's files plus other CPA members who were close to the top. I believe that somewhere there will be a link to Alf and/or Jestyn.
 

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Coincidences.
George Marshall > Dorothy Graham > Hellmuth Hendon (German born Australian Army soldier), Dorothy Graham suicides in his flat) > Wolfgang Wagner (nominated Hellmuth Hendon as his cousin on his application for entry into Australia)

Wolfgang investigated by CIS during WW2 as possible Spy. Collecting shipping movements from his harbour side home. File not yet digitised by NAA

Pictures of Hellmut Hendon from his WW2 War Service record attached. http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/AutoSearch.asp?O=I&Number=6163055

Jewish Refugee from Nazi persecution.
Changed his name by deed poll from Heinz Hellmut Honig on 16/11/1937
I have information on Wolfgang, will dig it out later this week. Effectively a neighbour dobbed him in, his home overlooked Garden Island and he was often to be seen with a telescope and notepad. There were some other interesting occupants on that street if my memory is correct.
 

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Check the people listed in NAA as "ORONSAY arriving in Sydney on 23 May 1939" besides The Wagner family.
Some familiar names pop up from the Somerton Man geni.com project.
I would guess that there s family groups, cousins, aunts etc. 3 surnames stand out that appear in Thomas Ambrose Keane's wife's ancestry so far. Mcdonald, Braumann and Kauffman.
Found something that explains those names on https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/r...he-jews-of-magdeburg-under-nazi-rule-michael-

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I was looking for the link between Pile and Harkness after seeing that a person by the name of Harkness made enquiries about their uncle's medals in Horace Pile's war service file on NAA, and instead I found what looks to be Pile family connections to Thomas Ambrose Keane and now Wolfgang Wagner who we already know has a cousin, Hellmut Hendon whose flat Dorothy Graham topped herself in, and we thus know from what Dorothy said to the coroner, that George Marshall obviously knew Hellmut. Which all suggests that as a circle of acquaintances that Pile, Keane, Wagner, Hendon, Graham and Marshall potentially all knew each other. Throw in Harkness and there becomes the potential for explaining a number of things that involve the book, the espionage, the code, the communists, and Jessica's apparent Jewish and Russian anomalies in the Somerton mystery. This rabbit Warren might take a bit of time to confirm but I'm hoping to jag Mr Somerton Man amongst all these people's connections. So far I can only confirm who he is not. You're more than welcome to follow these paths and add more to the project as there is a lot to add, especially with sources records and photos if possible. The hot tip at the moment is there appears to be a slight resemblance to Somerton Man's features in one member of the Braumann family who was born in Estonia and settled in Bendigo during the gold rush. The father of 1 of Thomas Keane's wife's great grand mother's. So the next group to add is all her siblings, cousins etc, anyone living nearby who might've got a suitcase of hand me downs from her.


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I was looking for the link between Pile and Harkness after seeing that a person by the name of Harkness made enquiries about their uncle's medals in Horace Pile's war service file on NAA, and instead I found what looks to be Pile family connections to Thomas Ambrose Keane and now Wolfgang Wagner who we already know has a cousin, Hellmut Hendon whose flat Dorothy Graham topped herself in, and we thus know from what Dorothy said to the coroner, that George Marshall obviously knew Hellmut. Which all suggests that as a circle of acquaintances that Pile, Keane, Wagner, Hendon, Graham and Marshall potentially all knew each other. Throw in Harkness and there becomes the potential for explaining a number of things that involve the book, the espionage, the code, the communists, and Jessica's apparent Jewish and Russian anomalies in the Somerton mystery. This rabbit Warren might take a bit of time to confirm but I'm hoping to jag Mr Somerton Man amongst all these people's connections. So far I can only confirm who he is not. You're more than welcome to follow these paths and add more to the project as there is a lot to add, especially with sources records and photos if possible. The hot tip at the moment is there appears to be a slight resemblance to Somerton Man's features in one member of the Braumann family who was born in Estonia and settled in Bendigo during the gold rush. The father of 1 of Thomas Keane's wife's great grand mother's. So the next group to add is all her siblings, cousins etc, anyone living nearby who might've got a suitcase of hand me downs from her.


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Careful you don't disappear down the rabbit hole. It's 70 years and these people didn't want things found out, so teasing out the details may not be possible.
 

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Careful you don't disappear down the rabbit hole. It's 70 years and these people didn't want things found out, so teasing out the details may not be possible.
The only thing that I worried about using a genealogical search given that most believe that Robin inherited Somerton Man's ears and teeth is that I'd find some weird colt family like goings on, where Somerton Man was not only Robin's father, but also his Uncle, and Cousin all at the same time ;)

I ruled out all close relatives and in laws of Jessica, either with pictures or dates of death, or both as in one person who was nominated in a blog years ago, whose picture looks nothing like Somerton Man, and was well and truly alive for years after 1948.

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Podem's daughter and Thomas Ambrose Keane both members of the EYL. Both became members of the CPA.

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Podem's daughter and Thomas Ambrose Keane both members of the EYL. Both became members of the CPA.

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Dancing, Fitness & Theatre.
All whilst organising a proletariat revolution.

One could think that the EYL must've had some interesting characters as "instructors" as well as members.


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Oh, what goodies do we have in store for us via ABCTV on 11/8/2020?




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The only thing that I worried about using a genealogical search given that most believe that Robin inherited Somerton Man's ears and teeth is that I'd find some weird colt family like goings on, where Somerton Man was not only Robin's father, but also his Uncle, and Cousin all at the same time ;)

I ruled out all close relatives and in laws of Jessica, either with pictures or dates of death, or both as in one person who was nominated in a blog years ago, whose picture looks nothing like Somerton Man, and was well and truly alive for years after 1948.

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Anyone descended from Horace Pile's grandma will be carrying some DNA picked up from her ancestors in the North East states of the USA, and probably some earlier Scandinavian DNA. So if anyone knows they're descended from her and want to compare themselves to that hair sample from the plaster cast of Somerton Man, let us know how you go. But I haven't found any missing persons circa 1948 in your tree yet.


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Isn't it strange, how things get left out of autopsy reports?

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But in the final draft of the report submitted to the Central Committee, Brent and Naumov note: “All mention of the stomach hemorrhage was deleted or vastly subordinated to other information throughout in the final report.”[ 3 ]
It was reported that Stalin only drank diluted Georgian wine the night before his illness of March 1. Brent and Naumov suspect in one scenario that Beria with the complicity of Khrushchev (whose memoirs, Khrushchev Remembers, relating to the events of Stalin's final days have been found to be unreliable),[ 5 6 8 ] slipped warfarin, a transparent crystalline substance into the wine. Warfarin is a tasteless chemical that in 1950 had just become patented and available in Russia as a blood thinner for patients with cardiovascular disease, and later, widely used as rat poison. A hypertensive hemorrhage of itself would have caused a stroke as Stalin sustained, but it would not necessarily be associated with gastrointestinal or renal hemorrhaging. Warfarin, on the other hand, could have produced both a hemorrhagic stroke and a bleeding disorder affecting multiple organs. The autopsy findings would be critical and, fortunately, just recently they have become available.

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Alfred Hughes (born in 1900 in Sydney) was a worker in his younger years, then studied in a technical college. Later for four years he studied medicine, but in 1924 because of financial problems in the family he joined the police force. In 1932 he joined the CPA and remained its member for 40 years. In 1940 Hughes was transferred to the Military Police. In 1942, after formation of Security Bureau (SB), the Military Police was disbanded, and he joined the SB. Here he became the chief of the counter espionage group involved in surveillance over subversive activities and the Communist Party affairs. According to colleagues, he was a real expert in his business. In 1945 he returned to the New South Wales police where he worked for the next fifteen years. In the beginning of 1945 Clayton recruited Hughes. Due to this Clayton got his hands on copies of the SB files with the data on the Soviet diplomats and TASS correspondents, the data on the structure of the Australian security service, the information of operation value. By the way, Hughes never named his agents in the CPA to his colleagues in SB, or, later, to the inspectors from ASIO.

Alfred Thompson Hughes
Much in his activities remains a riddle, as in materials of the Venona operation there is very little about a character of the information handed by him to Clayton in 1943-45. He was repeatedly interrogated in ASIO in 1949-52 and 1957, but during all interrogations he categorically denied acquaintance and contacts with Clayton, let alone the facts of transfer of information to the latter. Hughes was a skilled, first class policeman, it was uneasy to interrogate him as, as he being on a certain position, perfectly knew the contents of all police files on the CPA and its members. It was impossible to incriminate him anything, as ASIO, being a descendant of the Security Service, was not interested at all in a public condemnation of subversive activities of a person which in theory should have prevented that activity. Hughes served in police till 1960 and retired in a rank of detective-sergeant of 1st class. He died in 1978.

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Good notes but I think the photo is of Feodor Nosov?
 

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An even more interesting character.
And one that could've easily operated that contraption that Marshall brought with her.
Maybe he was the ultimate destination for the burst transmitter, or at least he could train the ultimate nominee to receive upon how to use it?

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