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'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
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.
The Undertakers' Mother is a biographical novel about two people who were raised on opposite sides of the world and who were married because one of them was in great need. In 1889, newly-married Thomas and Maria Tobin arrive in marvellous Melbourne from Ireland. They settle in South Melbourne among many of their own countrymen and faith and start a family. Any aspirations to rise above their lowly station in life are quickly crushed with the onset of Depression in the early 1890s. With the discovery of gold in Western Australia, Thomas uproots his family and heads to the goldfields, but ultimately settles in Fremantle.
Melbourne-born Alice O'Dowd is growing up in the love and security of her Irish-born parents and siblings in Toorak. Her family is able to rise above the Depression as her illiterate but capable mother takes the opportunity to purchase their first home in Canterbury Road Toorak. When Thomas's wife dies in childbirth, Alices life changes dramatically and unexpectedly. In answer to Thomas's request for her hand, Alice's parents send her to Fremantle to marry him.
Their story is told lovingly by their granddaughter, Denise Tobin Shine, as though she is sitting on their shoulders. She has skilfully blended fictional characters, with the facts based on their lives who inhabit their 19th and early 20th century world. Finally, in their old-age, they are able take great pride in the success of the family funeral business Tobin Brothers Funerals which four of their sons founded in 1934. The Undertakers' Mother is a story of love, loss and loyalty and a tribute to the indomitable spirit and endurance of people of their time in history.