'A light coloured tribe of aboriginals is supposed to exist, the descendants of ship-wrecked Eoropean mariners who, like the mutineers of the Bounty, married aboriginal women, whose descendants in time might therefore almost be designated Australian demi-semi-aboriginal Pitcairn Islanders.
'When one finds that the daughter and the adopted daughter of a bush shanty-keeper are two charming girls whose adventures bulk largely in the book, and that, in the wonderful and mysterious tribe, a half-caste girl has reared an emu which she can direct by a signal heard many miles away, and which emu with its mate arrives when wanted by her, and on the back of which she rides away as if on the wind, one recognises the Munchausen character of, at all events, one phase of this wonderfully imaginative tale.'
Source: Rev. of The Silver Queen, by William Sylvester Walker. The Queenslander 29 Jan 1910.