A number of special characters can be used, to enable more sophisticated searches.
These are as follows:
|Match any single character||If you search for "a.y" you will find all three letter words starting with "a" and ending with "y"|
|Find a word at the beginning||If you search for "^baker" you will find all entries where "Baker" is the first word in Name, Subject or Event|
|Find a word at the end||If you search for "baker$" you will find all entries where "Baker" is the last word in Name, Subject or Event
Note that you can use "^" and "$" to select a word which is on its own, like "^baker$"
|Match zero or more of the preceeding character||If you search for "bo*t" you will find all words starting with "b" and ending with "t" with zero or some number of "o"s in the middle, giving "bt", "bot", "boot" etc
Note this can be used with '.' to search for any set of characters at all
For example, "zan.*" will match all words starting with "zan"
|Match at least one of the preceeding character||If you search for "balla+rat" you will find both "ballarat" and "ballaarat".|
|Match on one or more words||If you search for "tarrengower|tarrangower" you will get all entries which contain either of these spellings|
Please note that because these characters are used for special purposes they can not be searched for themselves.
You may use more than one special character in a search, but some combinations may produce unexpected results.