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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Church places paedophile brother near children

Kostka Chute is 82 and lives in a retirement village in NSW.

David Ellery Kostka (aka John) Chute, a serial paedophile Marist brother was given accommodation by the church close to three schools on his release from prison in 2010.

Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service places to be released with high ACT ratio

David Ellery Canberrans have outperformed the rest of Australia in the ballot for places at the 2015 Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Minister is going places

David Ellery Defence Minister Stephen Smith, who just returned from the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore on the weekend, has continued his peripatetic peregrinations with a visit to China.

Manuka consultancy debuts on BRW fast starters list

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David Ellery Manuka's Callida Consulting has debuted at 41 on BRW's list of the top 100 "fast starters" made public on Thursday morning.

The top secret past of a Canberra centenarian

Victor Lederer, at home on Tuesday on his 100th Birthday.

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...

Sublime builder could have been insolvent since 2012, says liquidator

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David Ellery A Fairfax investigation has revealed a building company owing more than $5.4 million, which has possibly been insolvent for almost two years, is also being investigated for insurance fraud.

ACT construction industry: CFMEU audit finds body hire companies underpay workers

David Ellery Canberra body hire companies underpaid dozens of some of the Territory's most vulnerable workers hundreds of thousands of dollars in less than 12 months a CFMEU Construction audit has found.

Lake Burley Griffin bridge builder Brian MacLeod relives the good old days

 Former foreman fitter Brian MacLeod by the Kings Avenue bridge, he worked on both the Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue during their construction.  Brian aged 81 still rides around Lake Burley Griffin every fortnight.

David Ellery It was late in 1959 and Brian MacLeod had just travelled down to Canberra from Darwin to visit his ailing dad.

Jim Smith's Kombi among the stars in weekend of classic cars

Jim Smith and Kristine Riethmiller of Wright in front of their home away from home a 1967 Kombi Camper.

David Ellery When Jim Smith moved to Australia 14 years ago he couldn't leave his 1967 VW Kombi camper behind in Britain – it was a member of the family.

Catholic Church rejects call to favour high school over $35m 'monument'

David Ellery Advocates for keeping Mount Carmel High School at Yass have slammed the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn for proceeding with a $35 million redevelopment of the St Christopher's cathedral...

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.

Ex-public servant Robert Crick explores the world by motorbike at 71

David Ellery An unexpected retirement, the failure of his marriage and the desire to try something new gave Stirling's Robert Crick the means, motive and opportunity to embark on a remarkable two-wheeled odyssey...

Ukrainian patriarch visits Canberra, pays tribute to MH17 dead

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David Ellery The leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has paid tribute to the victims of flight MH17 and expressed his condolences to the families of the Australian casualties during a historic visit to...

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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Gang Gang history for Wednesday, September 3

David Ellery Because history is usually painted with a very broad brush the following item that appeared in the Army News of September 1, 1944, contains information that may still come as news to some Canberrans.

Brendan Nelson backs Abbott's 1788 "most significant claim"

Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson.

David Ellery Australian War Memorial director and former coalition opposition leader, Dr Brendan Nelson, has backed Tony Abbott's assertion the landing of the First Fleet was the defining moment in the...

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?

Canberra drivers blind to their blinkers

Welcome back to the land of the optional Indicator light.

David Ellery Having just returned from a brief break interstate, I had forgotten I was back in the ACT until driving to work on Wednesday morning.