1946 • The arrest

Eunice is demure, quick, grave, intelligent. Can hold you with her steady eyes. … And high in Sydney’s tallest building, thirteen storeys, struck by the morning light from across Hyde Park, … having finally walked away from Jerry Wells of the New Theatre, … she looks into the eyes of Bialoguski, …. And, yes, she sees at once he has most penetrating eyes, … [RED, pages 269, 270]

Eunice Penton, the sister of the Daily Telegraph editor Brian Penton, married the Sydney New Theatre actor Jerold (Jerry) Wells in 1943; they separated before 1947.

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Portrait of Eunice Wells by Lesley Moline, c. 1955.

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Jerold Wells (at right) in a New Theatre meeting, c. 1944. From the New Theatre’s history website: “His first name was spelt variously as Gerald, Jerold and Jerry and his reputation at New Theatre varied from loveable villain to very unsavoury type, sarcastic with a big ego, arrogant and ‘a pig’.” 

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Michael Bialoguski arriving at the Royal Commission on Espionage, 1954. (Daily Telegraph, 10 September 1954)

This short episode takes place in “Sydney’s tallest building” which in 1946 was Culwulla Chambers:

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Culwulla Chambers in c. 1925.

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