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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 Ancestry.com 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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Code Club finishes its first year

Congratulations to our Dardy Coders for taking their first steps into a larger world. 

While it took a little while to catch on, by the end of August we had full classes every week with participants completing their first module and making great progress on their coding path.

Well done to Doug and Harley for completing their Scratch Module 1. A great start to an exciting journey!

What is Code Club?

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding! We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.
The program is aimed at kids aged 8 – 15 years of age who advance through a series of coding languages:
  1. Scratch – a simple block-coding program which allows users to build animations and games while learning the fundamentals of coding.
  2. HTML/CSS – allows users to develop their understanding while building web pages and online content from the ground up.
  3. Python – this highly versatile programming language allows users to use their understanding and creativity to build Apps and complete web sites.
  4. Blender – coders can build 3D animations and games, creating 3D characters and developing their own movies and stories.

Code Club is project based learning, aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides kids with the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! We celebrate our errors and embrace them as a chance to learn.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by volunteers and library staff. 

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving. Not only that, kids can log in from home and continue progressing through their lessons.

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together!

What happens next?

We’ve learned a lot this year about Code Club and next year we are planning lots of ideas to make each class even more interesting and new. Registrations for Code Club 2019 will be announced in January so be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.

Book Talk

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