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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

The top secret past of a Canberra centenarian

David Ellery World War II veteran Victor Lederer celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday - and in light of his war exploits, says he is “bloody lucky” to have it made it to the milestone.

Floriade cubby house auction puts The Block to shame

Mushroom magic:   Keiran Chu, 4, and sister Jacinta, 11, play in their cubby house after their parents, Helen and Ian Chu, made the winning bid of $16,000.

David Ellery Auction action doesn't come any hotter than Sunday's My Cubby House Rocks Floriade bidding war which saw two local families push the final price for "Hindmush", the crowd favourite, from $2000 to...

Catholic church's Manuka redevelopment plans revealed

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David Ellery The heart of Manuka is expected to receive a major lift from the $35 million redevelopment of the St Christopher Cathedral precinct announced on Tuesday.

Dodgy drivers and pet peeves

Road works: Why do they seem to take so long to complete?

David Ellery We’ve managed to establish one thing this week; the only things Canberra’s drivers hate more than each other are cyclists and pedestrians - in that order.

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War Memorial's Menin Gate lions to return to Ypres for Passchendaele centenary

Lions sculptures from the Menin Gates

David Ellery The stone lions guarding the entrance to the Australian War Memorial will return to the Belgian city of Ypres for the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele.

Kristen Alexander's cat follows long literary tradition

Curious cats: Kristen Alexander cuddles Miss Millie.

David Ellery What is it about authors and cats?

Gang Gang Retro Monday: Have ship- will travel

David Ellery Travel advertisements from a century ago, with their heavy emphasis on ships and trains, are clear proof of just how much the world has changed.

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Stanley Melbourne Bruce had strong ties to Canberra

David Ellery Stanley Bruce's middle name might have been Melbourne, but his spirit lives on in Canberra.

WWI centenary: The first two Australians to die in the Great War

The anniversary of the battle of Bita Paka.

David Ellery They are the first of Australia's 62,000 WWI war dead whose names will be projected in letters one-metre high on the tower of the AWM from Monday.

The paper trail that led to Australia's involvement in WWI

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David Ellery The days leading up to the outbreak of World War I were not Australia's finest hour, official telegrams held in the National Archives of Australia reveal.

S'no business like snow business in the Snowy Mountains

A skiier makes the most of fresh snow at Thredbo resort at the weekend.

David Ellery Snow resorts are gearing up for the possibility of a mega ski season thanks to massive dumps over the weekend.

Another 30 grand and Canberra's 6029 will do the locomotion

The Canberra Railway Museum Easter steamfest.

David Ellery A band of steam railway enthusiasts working out of the Canberra Railway Museum say they are just weeks away from recommissioning the largest steam engine ever to ride Australian rails - if they can...

Tuggeranong trade training centre opens doors

David Ellery An $8.1 million public schools trade training centre in Tuggeranong is to begin operation when school resumes on Monday.

Transport set for $70 million spend

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David Ellery Tuesday’s budget allocated almost $70 million towards improved transport services and infrastructure, not including the light-rail project.

It's all about jobs as records topple

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David Ellery The ACT government is relying on record capital spending of $2.5 billion over the next four years to help shield the Canberra economy.

Focus on the big picture thinking a welcome change

David Ellery The Canty family of Torrens has a lot riding on what has been billed as the most significant ACT budget in decades.

Former Cabberra student tells of being 'victimised' over Marist College abuses

Victimised: Former Marist student Dan Hopkinson.

David Ellery Having been "victimised" for trying to speak out about child abuse in the 1990s, Daniel Hopkinson is telling his story.

Mutual endorsements are liberally applied

Heather Henderson daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies meets with Prime Minster Tony Abbott in his office at Parliament House.

David Ellery Prime Minister Tony Abbott has a prodigious appetite for work and will almost certainly surprise his critics as his term unfolds, the daughter of Australia's longest-serving prime minister has said.

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Pet python disappears from Canberra home

David Ellery On the day the CSIRO announced it was going to ramp up its research program into the creation of female toothless dragons, Bonner residents found themselves living in their own version of Snakes on a...

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'Bluey's' Spitfire an original in every way

David Ellery Gang-gang has been deluged with phone calls and emails from readers keen to point out that the ''Bluey'' Truscott Spitfire holds pride of place at the Australian War Memorial.