After the deaths of Doyle and Dahlke, the Kenniffs were on the run. They stole horses from Merivale, raided outstations near Chinchilla, and generally stole horses, food and camp chattels indiscriminately.
The Kenniffs’ main hatred was reserved for the Merivale lessees and for John Collins & Son and their employees. McLain, manager of Babbiloora and Ryan, head stockman of Carnarvon were taken into protective custody in one of the police camps, over sixty policemen having joined in the hunt for the Kenniffs.
On other stations – in particular Merivale – steps were taken to arm the managers and stockmen against a surprise visit by the Kenniffs.
E.G. Heap, B.A. The Rangers Were the Best. The Kenniff Story. Queensland Heritage.