Residents remember the ill-fated Alkimos

June 2014


Shorehaven at Alkimos resident Wendy Glasgow’s connection to the famous Alkimos extends beyond her postcode – her father was aboard the ship just months before it was wrecked!

George, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, boarded the Alkimos in in the early 1960s to help a friend find a secure place to stow away.

“Dad’s friend was an immigrant too, but wasn’t happy here in Australia,” said Wendy. “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!”

Shorehaven residents, including Wendy, have marked the 50th anniversary of the day the Alkimos wrecked off the coast of Shorehaven – learning more of its history and sharing stories.

Wendy, her husband Gerald and children Tyler (9) and Indi (3) were among the 150-odd residents who gathered at Shorehaven’s Central parkland to remember the ship’s cursed history, at a special community event organised by Peet Limited.

With live music and a hotdog in hand, residents learnt more about the Alkimos’ colourful story with an informative display and other nautically-themed activities. 

Kids were kept entertained with a fun mix of free activities including face painting, pirate-themed arts and crafts, balloon animals, a Captain Cook Bouncy Castle and creative pirate tales told by special guest, Pirate Penelope.

A variety of yummy homemade treats were also on offer, thanks to the Yanchep and Districts Branch of the Country Women’s Association.

Peet’s Shorehaven at Alkimos community is situated in the Perth’s fast-growing northern corridor. In addition to an interesting namesake, the estate offers a variety of coastal lifestyle options, including some homesites just 300m from the beach.

When complete, the community will be home to around 3,000 households.

Find out more about Shorehaven at Alkimos at shorehaven.com.au.