Unique family link

Gerald and Wendy Glasgow with their children Indi (3) and Tyler (9).
Gerald and Wendy Glasgow with their children Indi (3) and Tyler (9).

Mrs Glasgow said her father George Milentis, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and Greenwood resident, boarded the Alkimos in the early 1960s to help a friend find a place to hide as a stowaway.

‘Dad’s friend was an immigrant too, but wasn’t happy here in Australia,’ she said.

‘The Alkimos was docked at Fremantle Harbour at the time ” and he asked dad to come with him to check it out, with hopes of finding a good hiding spot.

‘They boarded the ship without any questions asked ” even chatted to the crew ” before searching for a safe place for dad’s friend to hide.

‘All these years later and dad still doesn’t know if his friend was successful or not, but the ship was wrecked just a few months later.’

Residents, including the Glasgow family, marked the 50 years since the Alkimos wrecked off the coast of Shorehaven estate on May 31.

About 150 residents gathered in the central park to remember the ship’s cursed history, at a community event organised by Creating Communities.

Activities included a shipwreck bouncy castle, balloon artist, tales by Pirate Penelope, live music, face painting and pirate-themed arts and crafts.

The Yanchep and Districts Country Women’s Association sold homemade treats and the Alkimos Progress Association held a sausage sizzle fundraiser.