The Somerton Man / Jim Beaumont connection…

This is just a work in progress post: I’ve taken the Beaumont family data recently posted here as comments by B Deveson and Samuel Z, and converted (most of) them into a single über-diagram.


Please let me know if this is wrong in any way!


  1. avatar pete December 5, 2013 8:49 am

    Nice work ^ that, ++ envy rating for an ordered mind Nick – where can I buy one?

  2. avatar nickpelling December 5, 2013 9:20 am

    Pete: don’t get too envious, it’s as much a curse as a blessing. :-|

  3. avatar pete December 5, 2013 9:26 am

    flowchart fever

  4. avatar B Deveson December 5, 2013 1:50 pm

    I think an explanation is required of why a family connection between the two Beaumont families is important. It is generally accepted that the Beaumont children would not have been lead off by a stranger. It is also relevant that 90A Moseley Street is only 1,300 meters from where the Beaumont children were last see. It is also only 1,000 meters from 109 Harding Street, where the Beaumont family lived. Also relevant is the fact that Jim Beaumont was a taxi driver in the Glenelg/Somerton Park area at the time Prosper was also driving taxis. So it must be almost certain that Prosper was well known to Jim Beaumont.

    Glenelg electoral roll 1970:
    968 Grant Alfred Beaumont 109 Harding Street, Somerton Park Taxi driver

    I also note that “Jim’s” brother Maxwell Beaumont was a taxi driver in Adelaide in the later 1940s early 1950s.

  5. avatar nickpelling December 5, 2013 1:57 pm

    B Deveson: a family connection between the two cases is certainly unexpected, but I have to say I’m not yet convinced that it’s important. Two sets of people in 1940s/50s Adelaide, both with decent-sized families, both (largely) Presbyterian: what actually were the odds that they would be connected somehow? 1 in 50? 1 in 100? 1 in 1000?

  6. avatar Helen Ensikat December 6, 2013 8:10 am


    My stats are very rusty, but I’m going to hazard a guess that it would be in the region of one in a few thousand that any two randomly selected Presbyterians in Adelaide at the time would share a great-grandparent. However, that’s making a some huge assumptions (such as presuming that Presbyterians don’t tend to cluster and intermarry in smaller regional/church/social groups, nor marry outside of their own religion) and discounts the impacts of migration, population flows and so forth.

    For what it’s worth, I believe the total population of Adelaide and its suburbs was just under 400,000 at the time, and the mean percentage of Presbyterians in the Australian population was under 10 per cent (but significantly higher amongst farmers apparently, so it would be somewhat lower in capital cities). The Beaumont connection seems to be an interesting co-incidence, but hardly a staggeringly unlikely one.

  7. avatar Nicky December 6, 2013 12:59 pm

    Not staggeringly unlikely… But very interesting…

    Very likely the two guys knew each other which connects the two cases. To what degree is still the question.

    I am uncomfortable speaking ill of people in such an “armchair expert” way as I truly know nothing… But… If PT is involved in the somerton mans demise then it blows everything open.

    Can someone hurry up and identify this bloke? Be so much easier working backwards :-)

  8. avatar Nicky December 6, 2013 1:03 pm

    Just thought of a 1940s era taxi cruising down the road and a chill went down my spine.

  9. avatar B Deveson December 6, 2013 1:50 pm

    William Grant Beaumont SERN 2837 Religion: Methodist
    Thomas Lawson Harkness SN V215970 Religion: C of E
    Prosper McTaggart Thomson VX67088 Relgion: did not give (atheist?) Buried in C of E
    William Newport Grant Beaumont Religion: Methodist/Rechabite
    I note that William’s nephew was the Reverend William Pennington-Bickford, rector of St Clement Dane’s church, London (ie C of E).
    From memory, I don’t think the Harkness family were Presbyterians. C of E and Catholic I think.

  10. avatar nickpelling December 6, 2013 9:45 pm

    B Deveson: some old notes of mine said that the Harknesses were (mostly) Presbyterian, but that may just have been yet another piece of Harkness-related non-information floating in the ether… sorry about that!

    Incidentally, the “Jessie Muir Thomson” from Somerton Park who you mentioned in a recent comment seems to have been someone else entirely (she died on 14/10/1994 aged 76, and was perhaps born in Williamstown, Victoria?). Here’s a link to her online cremation record:- Hope that’s a help!

  11. avatar Hannah December 7, 2013 3:43 pm

    It appears from the comments here and the facebook page that Rachel Egan and Derek Abbott are clearly familiar outside of this case. This seems an unlikely coincidence. What are your thoughts on this Nick?

  12. avatar nickpelling December 7, 2013 3:58 pm

    Hannah: my thoughts are the world is full of unlikely coincidences, few of which are of much consequence. For what it’s worth, I suspect that the big trick when studying history is working out which of the numerous unlikely coincidences randomly (and inevitably) connected to any given thing might actually have some meaning for (or importance to) it. ;-)

  13. avatar Herman December 16, 2013 10:04 pm

    Its the only piece of Validated research that is significant. And people ignore it because they would rather remain in a fantasy. Get real everyone.

    A man has been murdered.
    And three innocent kids have been taken from their parents.

    Forget the assumptions. Ignore the fantasy.


  14. avatar Herman December 16, 2013 10:05 pm

    Isn’t cloning or tampering with DNA illegal?

    Derek cloned the Somerton Man using hair out of the bust!

  15. avatar Celestine December 24, 2013 2:29 am


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  17. avatar Kagyfu June 16, 2014 3:52 pm

    According to your diagram Maxwell Beaumont was born in 1930 and died in 1931 – so how could he be a taxi driver?
    The practice of naming children after their fathers and grandfathers was common, and if a child died, it could follow that the next male child was also given that name.
    So – did you find a birth document for another Maxwell Beaumont? Did he move interstate, and was he the uncle who got locked up in Canberra in 1975 over an incident with a toy gun?

  18. avatar nickpelling June 16, 2014 5:17 pm

    Kagyfu: according to my diagram, Maxwell Beaumont was born in 1930 or 1931. Hope that clears things up for you!

  19. avatar lauren November 5, 2014 1:37 pm

    I believe somehow the father is involved. Did anyone think that sometimes the closet character is the actual perpetrator and had accomplices.

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