EARLY LIFE (1891-1932)


17 April 1891: Born in Bromberg, capital of Poznan, German Empire (now Bydgoszcz, Poland), as Wojciech (“joyous warrior”), the first son of Jozef Adamski (1867-1937) and Franciszka Adamski (1862-1946).


25 December 1895: Jozef Adamski (pictured) emigrates to the United States and settles in New York.
10 April 1896: Franciszka and their children George and Lena (b.1892) arrive, and the family settles in Dunkirk, NY, where they live at 341 Nevins Street. Brothers Walter (b.1902) and Sylvester (b.1903), and sister Martha (b.1908) are born here.

According to Desmond Leslie Adamski’s parents told him that while they were waiting on the docks before the ship, “a mysterious man just came up and took him [GA] away. A few minutes later they brought him back again and he was a different child.”


c.1904-c.1909: Study and training in a lamasery in Tibet. “At the young age of thirteen (…) George, along with a family friend and mentor, journeyed to Tibet” where for five years he was taught “a rigorous curriculum ending in mastery of the four universal elements, Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.” (The Contactees Manuscript, p.2)

In a newspaper report in 1934 Adamski said of this experience: “I learned great truths up there on the roof of the world… applying age-old knowledge to daily life, to cure the body and the mind and to win mastery over self and soul.” (LA Times)


1910: Employed as coal maker at the American Locomotive Company in Dunkirk, NY.


1913-16: Soldier, 13th Regiment of the US Cavalry (K Troop), stationed in Columbus, New Mexico. On 9 March 1916 the border town is raided by Mexican revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his men, killing eight troops and ten civilians.

Adamski later tells Belgian co-worker May Morlet that he was among a group of soldiers who were taken prisoner and who were about to be executed when Pancho Villa himself arrived. For unknown reasons, Villa ordered the prisoners to be released.


1917: Maintenance worker in Yellowstone National Park

25 December: Marries Mary Shimbersky (1878-1954).


1918-19: Serves in the US National Guard, 23rd Battalion.


1920: Listed in US Federal Census in Portland, Oregon where he lived at 595 Williams Avenue and worked as a house painter, and possibly in a flour mill.
1921: Listed in California, registered as masonry worker for a concrete factory.


c.1926: Begins lecturing as a “wandering teacher”, visiting settlements around California, New Mexico, and Arizona during the winter months, when farmers had little to do and were pleased to see him. “There was no TV then and people were grateful for lectures or entertainment of any kind.” (Zinnstag & Good, p.6)


c.1928: Settles in Los Angeles, teaching classes from his studio apartment at 213 South Broadway, LA.


1932: Publishes The Invisible Ocean, where the name The Royal Order of Tibet appears for the first time. Adamski lectures in LA, Pasadena, and likely elsewhere.


(Sources: Gerard Aartsen, Tony Brunt; GAsite.org; Geni.com; Marc Hallet; Richard W. Heiden; Michael Hesemann; Will Johnson; Fred Steckling; Wikipedia, Lou Zinnstag & Timothy Good)