In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
In 1878, as the era of the 'clipper' sailing ships was closing, the Loch Ard, bound for Melbourne from London, was wrecked outside Caves Gorge near Port Campbell, Victoria. Of thirty-six crew and seventeen passengers, Tom Pearce, an apprenticed seaman, aged eighteen, and Eva Carmichael, a passenger, aged nineteen, were the only survivors. Eva's parents, and three sisters and two brothers, were among those lost. Tom rescued Eva from the sea, and cared for her in a cave, before climbing a steep cliff to seek help. By chance, he stumbled across two sheep-drovers, and Eva, near death, was rescued. Eva returned to Ireland after six weeks' convalescence at the sheep-station owner's homestead. Tom, meanwhile, was lionised as a hero. The tragic and romantic story captures the imagination of present-day visitors to the Gorge - now named Loch Ard Gorge - as it did colonial contemporaries.Dr Malcolm Wood, a published historian who has used the historical record scrupulously, has exercised his imagination in respect of the story's gaps - such as how participants felt, thought or said. In first-person accounts - of Eva and Tom, the ship's captain, the sheep station-owner and one of the drovers - he brings the story to life.