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.
In 1958 fourteen-year-old William Stokes was sentenced to Westbrook Farm Home for Boys after committing a few trivial offences. At that time, Westbrook was the most feared institution for young offenders in Australia - a brutal tyranny ruled by a sadistic superintendent, where boys laboured in the fields from dawn to dusk and where bare-skin floggings were the answer to any misdemeanour, however minor. Inmates were systematically humiliated and degraded in a regimen designed to break them.
Stokes' story of his years at Westbrook catalogues the horrors endured by children at the hands of the authorities, and how they managed to survive. It also exposes a system that turned petty offenders into hardened criminals, and drove a few even to murder. Westbrook reveals the damaged and broken lives that resulted and how the repercussions continued to be felt long after the original sentences were served.
Westbrook's brutal and compelling honesty gives us a shocking insight into Australia's forgotten generation.