Hendricks was the Australian at the helm of the freighter Kahana. After Michael repaired the freighter's engines, Desmond instructed Hendricks to navigate the freighter to the Island. Hendricks refused to come within five miles of the coast, citing radio intereference on his fathometer which prevented him from seeing the reef. Template:Crossref
The casting description for Hendricks was Millbanks - 30s to 50s, Australian, rugged, smart, works outdoors with his hands. The kind of guy you'd want with you to get out of a tough situation. Co-star...Must be authentically Australian or be able to do an impeccable Australian accent
It is possible that he was cast as an Australian to disguise the casting of Carole Littleton at the same time.