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It was a WA Dentist who captured the centre of the Ottoman Empire

Popular history tells us that Sir T.E. Lawrence of Arabia drove into Damascus on 1 October 1918. However, it was actually a dentist from Western Australia who outstripped the revered commander by a matter of hours.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Olden, commander of the 10th Australian Lighthorse Regiment, had already arrived at the capital of the Ottoman Empire and encircled the town hall. Drawing his revolver, Olden entered and formally received the surrender of Governor Emir Said before Lawrence was even in sight of the city. The document of surrender handed to the Lieutenant-Colonel hails him as the first “to enter Damascus, in the bravest manner known of the Saxon race”.

Despite Sir Lawrence’s memoirs and Hollywood blockbusters, Australian Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Chauvel notes that English forces were far from the first to enter Damascus:

“The first of the Arab forces to enter Damascus were those who followed Lawrence in and, by that time, an Australian Brigade and at least one regiment of Indian Cavalry had passed right through.”

Caretakers to our local history.

Image courtesy SLWA

Recently, the conservation team at the State Library of Western Australia authenticated a number of maps belonging to Lieutenant Olden. These documents outline much of the campaign to drive the Ottoman Empire back into Damascus and are important relics of international and local history. Thankfully, collections such as these exist to preserve this information within libraries, tasked with the noble duty of caretakers to our history.

At Eaton Community Library we are always collecting for our local history. We have such a rich and varied past in the Shire of Dardanup and it is important to ensure our story is documented and accessible to everyone. Everything from Fee’s Diaries and oral histories of Dardanup, to memoirs of the greater Bunbury area is included in our growing collection. A fantastic recent inclusion has been the The Gravel Pit which tells the story of Charles and Rachel Hill. Their family would go on to comprise much of our Aboriginal population of the local area, including Eaton, Burekup, and Dardanup.

If you would like to do some family history research, we have access to the database for free (can only be accessed within the library). We also have books on how to do genealogy research. It’s a fascinating subject and something that is easier now than ever before with the online resources available.

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Summer Reading Club a success!

A great summer of reading!

Shire of Dardanup Library Services would like to thank everyone who participated in our Curious Creatures Summer Reading Club.

With almost 8o kids registering, it was fantastic to see so many excited readers coming in to tell us how much they had read.

Summer Reading Club is an initiative that is held by the State Library of Queensland to encourage kids to continue reading over the school holidays to keep their literacy levels up. This was our first year of full participation in the national program. All our readers received a bag full of Curious Creatures goodies and activities to help them stay with the program over the holidays and give them a chance to win some great prizes.

Prize Winners

Congratulations to our lucky Grand Prize winner, Dawid Opperman who won the David Walliams Biggest Boxset Collection and a $50 iTunes voucher and also to runners up Emily and Miranda Hickling, and Denika and Kaden Hay. On your next visit we encourage all our Summer Readers to ask for their participation certificates.


Well done again to everyone who took part and we look forward to doing it all again next summer!

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What’s New

Free online movies and television

It’s been a busy day and you’re ready to relax and enjoy something on the telly. You flick through the stations, nothing on. You don’t need to come into the library to enjoy a movie night with the family. All you’ll need is a computer or TV and an Internet connection.

One of the benefits of the digital age is there are plenty of places to watch free movies online and we’ve compiled a list that have the largest amount of movies, are safe for your computer or TV, and are legal for you to use. Many of these websites also have free movie apps so you can access the free movies on your mobile device.

These aren’t movie clips or previews, they are free full-length movies that you can watch beginning to end (with perhaps a few commercial interruptions). All genres of movies can be found, from comedy to drama to horror to action. There are kids movies, popular TV series and thought provoking documentaries. There are Hollywood blockbusters to older or independent movies that many of us love to watch over and over again:

Free Movie streaming through Shire of Dardanup Library Services

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for public libraries delivering one of the largest collections of indie films, classic cinema, festival and educational documentaries, and movies online or through an app. The service enables you to browse and view over 30,000 + films and documentaries from top suppliers, including the BBC, Criterion Collection, Ronin Films, Madman Entertainment. All you need is a library card.

abc_iview_logoABC iView

Everything offered by the ABC television service available when you want to watch it. Excellent source of documentaries and favourite current affairs like Four Corners, plus popular kids shows and TV series.

classic-cinema-onlineClassic Cinema Online

A web archive dedicated to movies and serials from the Hollywood Golden Age. Features include Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe” for space fantasy buffs.




Crackle has favorite movies, hit TV series and can’t-miss originals. Whether you’re a comedy, action or drama addict, with fresh daily programming there’s always something new to stream.



Watch free Movies and TV Shows online at Popcornflix. Watch full length feature films and TV series streaming online. Large collection and plenty of hidden gems.


sbsondemandSBS OnDemand

SBS On Demand offers feature programs from SBS television service. From international movies and TV series to thought provoking documentaries and current affairs.


SnagFilms has thousands of advertiser supported free documentary films you can stream online. You can find your next movie by viewing the films by just added, most reviewed, A-Z, or most popular. 



Watch great movies, TV shows, next day anime releases and a large range of documentaries streaming to you for free. 




A video sharing platform with high quality content made by filmmakers, animators and musicians. Vimeo is a source for artists and film makers to share their work.



YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favourites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and educational videos. 

Visit our Online Film & TV page to find how you can begin watching and enjoy the convenience of instant, free movies from your own home.

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Family Footprints from Burekup to Bunbury

The Gravel Pit – our Storieis the story of Charles, his wife Rachel, and their 14 children.

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Meet Libby – Our new e-resource app

Meet Libby – The new Overdrive

Our new Libby app is the easiest way to get started with e-books and audiobooks from Shire of Dardanup Library Services. Read More →