Bilkey was of South African origin. At some point in life, he joined up with Lefty Munroe, Bert Thompson and Phineas O'Driscoll and started doing criminal jobs, and in 1962 they were joined by Ted West who became their leader.
Around Christmas 1970, Bilkey and the crew broke into a Smith & Caughey's department store to get to the safe of the jewellers next door, which was filled with krugerrands — South African gold coins. After loading the coins into the van, they went back in for some Christmas shopping, during which someone stole and got away with their van. (Unbeknownst to the lads, it was Ngaire Munroe, Rita West and Carol O'Driscoll, wanting to secure themselves an inheritance as crime wives.) The police arrived at the scene as someone had narked, and Bilkey did time in prison.
While Ted still stayed in prison and the rest of the crew were released, Lefty took over as their de facto leader. Detective Sergeant Mike McCarthy would visit them, trying to stir trouble in the crew by making them suspect each other for narking. Under Lefty's leadership, they did things differently, which caused Ted to momentarily depart from the crew until he re-instated himself as leader.
Personality and traits Edit
Bilkey was a sociable man and had plenty of connections. He was a closeted homosexual, but he would always have a pretty girl on his arm, which gave him a reputation with the lads as a ladies man.
Behind the scenes Edit
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- Westside — "Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truth"
- Westside — "Our Poison'd Challice"
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- Westside — "But for a Wayward Son"