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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Bombs away: the final battle for Tuggeranong

David Ellery Forty years ago, Flying Officer Bill Mayne led a bomb disposal team into a sheep paddock to Canberra's south.

Samuel Woldeamamual Gebremichael, Kirsten Molloy win Canberra Marathon 2014

Canberra Marathon.

David Ellery Ethiopian Samuel Woldeamamual Gebremichael has won the men's race in The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon and Kirsten Molloy has crossed the line first in the women's race.

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.

The champion of just causes

Lawyer Deborah Rolfe has been nominated for a local hero award at the Australia Day Awards.

David Ellery Despite her achievements, this local hero nominee is very humble.

Free Nightrider aims to win patrons

Action bus driver Andrew Walls on the Nightrider bus.

David Ellery Territory and Municipal Services have dropped the charge for using the ACT Nightrider Bus Service this year.

Shane Rattenbury claims free night rides save taxpayers money

The Nightrider bus.

David Ellery Slashing fares for next month's Nightrider bus service from $5 to zero could save ACT taxpayers money, Shane Rattenbury believes.

There'll always be a Holden at Canberra's annual motorfest

Stephen Booth at home in Banks with his 1967 HR Holden Premier.

David Ellery With five sleeps before the curtain rises on Summernats 27, Banks' Stephen Booth will be burning the midnight oil to ensure his classic 1967 HR Premier street machine is in peak form for the event.

Anzac voices: private worlds of stoic Diggers laid bare

ANZAC Voices co-curator Craig Tibbitts at the Australian War Memorial.

David Ellery The Memorial's newest exhibition will transport visitors into the private worlds of those who served in World War I.


Abseilers are tackling the prickly pear problem at Molonglo Gorge

David Ellery While New Zealand's Queenstown has its adventure pursuits, it cannot match the Molonglo Gorge when it comes to outdoor excitement.

No holiday plans for this ACT busman

David Ellery Steven Appleby can readily discuss the pros and cons of bus models after 21 years of driving on ACT routes, writes David Ellery.

Little book fair has bigger agenda

The Crichton family of Theodore,  Jodie and Paul with their children L-R Connor,7 and Charli,5 attend the bookfair for their first time at the Vikings Auditorium.

David Ellery Organisers say Lifeline's littlest book fair punches well above its weight.

North-south digital gap will widen with Coalition NBN plan

Optic cable that was used as part of the National Broadband Network.

David Ellery Canberra's north-south divide will become even more marked if the government presses ahead with its election pledge.

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Gunning wind farm visitors propelled to witness 'modern wonders' of the plains

David Ellery People expected to tour the Gunning Wind Farm are in for an ''awesome'' experience, site electrician Graham Young says.

Lifeline Bookfair sees huge lines for book sale

Lifeline Bookfair at EPIC.

David Ellery Book lovers have turned out in their hundreds for the opening of Lifeline's Spring Bookfair.

Wheelchair-bound delegate humiliated by Qantas treatment

NEWS: Anita Gordon of Harrison with the battery thats she need to operate her wheelchair with, that certain airlines have told her that it's to heavy and one even asking if she could cut it in half.  25th June 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

David Ellery A key Canberra delegate to the launch of Australia's $15 billion disability insurance scheme was left angry and humiliated on Saturday when local Qantas staff initially refused to check her electric...

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Six decades after fighting in Korea, three men will make their return

William Monaghan and Derek Roylance.

David Ellery Three Cold War warriors from the ACT and Queanbeyan are returning to South Korea later this month.

Locals work hard to restore environment

Cubs Hannah Puschak (8) and Jess Preston (10), plant trees at Mt Majura for National plant a tree day.

David Ellery More than 100 volunteers braved the cool conditions to plant 400 trees on the slopes of Mount Majura on Sunday.

Our roads streets ahead

David Ellery One of the first things a visitor to Canberra notices is the city's amazing road network.

Holy month feeds hunger for Islam's spiritual journey

Abdul Hakim, the president of the Islamic Society of Canberra, talking about Ramadan, which ends this week.

David Ellery Canberra's 8000 strong Muslim community is observing Ramadan, Islam's holy month, by sharing its faith with the wider community.

Group's simple steps a big leap in lives of the poor

On steps - wide?

At front: OCDT Rachael Cuddihy

Second Row: CHAP Anthony Doyle, MIDN Sarah Moriarty
Back Row: MIDN Gordon Hutcheon, MIDN Justin Comfort

Seated at the base of the 'Cardinal's Steps' at the end of the work in Pamplona township, Lima Mission.

Deep shot

At front: CHAP Anthony Doyle, MIDN Sarah Moriarty
Back Row: OCDT Rachael Cuddihy, MIDN Gordon Hutcheon, MIDN Justin Comfort
At the base of the hill about to board minibus back to base.


David Ellery A simple concrete staircase built by a group of young Australian Catholics has made a profound difference to the lives of some of the poorest people living on a Peruvian hillside.