In Calliope, they intermarried over generations and became totally integrated into the local community, with little more than the names to indicate their Chinese heritage. Occasionally the genes showed through; Michelle Archay, for example, was a beautiful girl whose charm was enhanced by the slightly higher cheekbones and perfect skin she inherited from her Chinese forebears on her father’s side.
For one thing, he never had any intention of having them rounded up for the Calliope Rodeo of 1959. Nor did the holding pen that he described to 4RO as destroyed by rampaging brumbies ever exist. Nor would he ever have attempted to get them on to one of his cattle trucks if there ever was a secure holding pen. He would almost certainly have witnessed the wrecking of that vehicle by stir-crazy horses - if anyone could have got them loaded on the truck in the first place. That alone would have been some kind of strange miracle.