Had never eaten Chinese food until I was 15.
There weren't any Chinese in Australia when I was 15.
Didn't the Chinese get here in the 15th century?
No but they had by the 1850's.
So that fact is useful to calculate the Noonan timeline.
Another of my contributions to BB's little known facts file: Joe Byrne (Ned Kelly's literate associate*) most likely understood Cantonese through his connections with Chinese people at Beechworth when he was growing up.
*another one is that Joe most likely wrote the Jerilderie letter. This had stream-of-consciousness writing half a century before Joyce (acclaimed as one of the greatest writers of 20th C) and over 100 years before Peter the plagiarist won a Booker prize for swiping the style and story.