Michael Dundee has no idea who his father was. He was raised on the edge of town by his mother, who had been shipped to Australia because she was pregnant. She worked hard and he will always remember her smile.
She taught him to read and write. But mostly taught him to value himself and everyone. When she died, he set out to find where his place was in the world.
He traveled out to the Outback and found himself.
Dundee came back into town, and ended up meeting Max Cadbury. He liked the guy instantly, trusted him. Max returned the trust by letting him know about the truth of what he was and along with his companions.
It was this Michael knew he was destined for.