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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

ACT Jewish Community inaugurates its first rabbi Alon Meltzer

David Ellery Alon Meltzer is the first rabbi in the Canberra congregation's 63-year history.

ORS, liquidator probe Sublime Constructions collapse aftermath

David Ellery The Office of Regulatory Services has pledged to investigate QBE Insurance's refusal to compensate victims of the $4 million Sublime Constructions collapse if it is asked to do so.

Colour blind author views 'the map that changed the world'

David Ellery Simon Winchester, whose works include "The Surgeon of Crowthorne", "Krakatoa" and "The Man With The Electrified Brain", does more than write history. He also makes it.

French President Francois Hollande visits Telopea Park School

The French President, Francois Hollande, visits the French Australian School, Telopea Park. Students sing the French national anthem upon the arrival of the president. Checking out the president during the song is 8 year old Armand Bouillaud, centre.

David Ellery The real stars of French President Francois Hollande's visit to the Telopea Park School in Barton on Wednesday were the students.

Aston Martins in town: Sexy enough for Bond and perfect for Canberra

News. Photo Gallery. A range of new Aston Martin cars are on display
at the Hyatt Hotel. November 7th 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by
Graham Tidy.


David Ellery The forecourt of Canberra's Hyatt Hotel was both shaken and stirred when a fleet of current model and classic Aston Martins descended on the city.

Canberra builder dodges asbestos bullet thanks to quick thinking


David Ellery If it seems too cheap to be true, it probably is, say experts in the building trade.

Sydney and Emden descendants from Canberra to take part in Battle of the Cocos commemorations

David Ellery Two Canberrans, one descended from the butcher of the Emden and the other from a sailor on board HMAS Sydney, are to take part in a ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia's first great...

Office Regulatory Services investigates failed builder

Tanya Nguyen of Wright, front, with other people effected by the Sublime Constructions collapse in February.

David Ellery ACT Office of Regulatory Services questions QBE Insurance after refusal to pay out home warranty insurance claims.

RSL flame handed over to the Australian War Memorial

FIRE AND ICE: Jennifer Cayfe, in the full uniform of one of the Light Horse regiments, holds the Anzac Flame aloft as Comet keeps his cool amid  the fuss.

David Ellery After a month-long journey from Western Australia, the RSL flame has reached the Australian War Memorial.

National Archives crowd-sources data to flesh out the nation's World War I story

David Ellery An interactive website has been launched that will crowd-source ppersonal histories of the Great War.

Gang Gang: Pearl Harbour attack foretold in General Hideki Tojo's speech

David Ellery An Army News article in late October 1941 provided a clear warning of Japanese expansion plans.

Paraglider flight from Kilimanjaro undertaken for charity

David Ellery When I was a callow youth at my first newspaper back in the 1970s my boss had a sign on his desk (facing outwards for the edification of his staff) that read: “How can I soar with the eagles...

Manuka consultancy debuts on BRW fast starters list


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.


Anzac Treasures author Peter Pedersen reveals Gallipoli insights

Peter Pederson, author of

David Ellery Anzac Treasures' author Peter Pedersen counts as one of the highlights of his life the time he spent at Gallipoli in 1990 with men who had seen action there, writes David Ellery.

ACT regulator says Sublime Constructions clients not eligible for cover

David Ellery Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, has told Fairfax it is not the responsibility of private certifiers or the Constructions Occupations Registrar to verify the information provided to them.

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.

Legacy Canberra: Existential crisis for ageing carers

Canberra Legacy members, RAAF Squadron leader Leigh Wrighten-Jones who joined last year and Simon Agnew, 89 of Farrer who has been a member for 44 years at Legacy House in Deakin.

David Ellery As Australia marks the centenary of the war that brought Legacy into existence and service personnel depart for the Middle East for the fifth time in 100 years the organisation’s Canberra...

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...

Fraud investigation into Sublime Construction at least a year away, victims have been told

David Ellery Victims of the Sublime Constructions collapse say their concerns have been given low priority and are going nowhere.

Sublime builder could have been insolvent since 2012, says liquidator


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.