Blast from the past greets Carr
OF all the taxi cabs in all of Melbourne, Dennis Carr hailed Ziggy’s.
Travelling to the Melbourne airport on July 2, Mr Carr – the president of the Portland Tourist Association – was unknowingly being driven by a man who can truthfully say he settled in Australia via Portland.
Ziggy was one of six stowaways on the Liberian-flagged bulk-carrier Confidence Sea that docked on the K.S. Anderson Wharf on Sunday, June 3, 1990.
It was believed the men climbed aboard the vessel while it was docked in Ethiopia in May that year.
Mr Carr was amazed to hear Ziggy had now legally settled in Melbourne and started a family.
“I was gobsmacked; 4778 taxis are operating in Melbourne and I happen to get into his,” Mr Carr said.
“He was a fascinating man who is very proud of his achievements in Australia.”
The group made headlines in 1990 after the stowaways were initially refused entry to Australia when they docked in Portland on the Sunday.
In a desperate attempt to highlight their plight, the group managed to get a note to then-Portland Observer photographer Chris Brady, which read “We are from Ethiopia. We are stowaways. Please help us.”