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 early European explorers of Australia, from the early 1600s to the mid-1800s, narrated the bewilderment, misunderstandings, affection and hostility that arose in their encounters with the Indigenous peoples. Of their reports, many are little known today. They are, however, culturally revealing and historically invaluable, and are closely examined by the author.
For example, in 1705, Dutch sailors abducted two Aborigines, but one struggles desperately and escapes. Around 1800 an Aborigine joins the navigator Matthew Flinders' sailors and presents arms with a short staff, mimicking the sailors with their muskets. Charles Sturt, in 1828, sees it is 'the motion of the wheels' of a cart that excites the Aborigines the most. Thomas Mitchell, in 1836, divulges that his female guide can communicate with strange tribes, unlike his male guide, as some 'diffidence or ceremony' prevents Aboriginal males from speaking to strangers. To Peter Warburton it is 'a great triumph of art' to capture an Aboriginal woman in the western deserts, so she can take him to water. He reveals his disappointment when the woman escapes by 'gnawing through a thick hair-rope'.