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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

WWI centenary: seamen among our first losses

David Ellery Able Seaman Robert David Moffatt: shot near Rabaul on September 11, 1914, and died aboard HMAS Sydney on September 12. Buried at sea.

WWI centenary: First Australian lives lost in assault on Rabaul and disappearance of AE1

Australia’s first mass casualty event of the war came on September 14 when the submarine AE1 disappeared off the coast of New Britain with all 35 members of her crew.

David Ellery World War I began particularly badly for Australia. Within three days of the first shots being fired in anger over German New Guinea 42 sailors and soldiers had been killed and another five wounded.

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 Australian War Memorial in Canberra from Monday.

WWI centenary: Australian War Memorial to put honour roll of names up in lights

William Williams, the first Australian to die in WWI.

David Ellery The first serviceman to be killed in WWI will kick off an honour roll of 62,000 names to be projected on to the tower of the Australian War Memorial from Monday.

Planting now for future generations to enjoy

Ian Rayner, project manager for Greening Australia, at the McLeods Creek Nature Reserve  encouraging a small sapling to grow.

David Ellery From little gumnuts mighty eucalypts will grow ...  

Marist Brothers sex abuse compensation bill expected to rise

Kostka (John) Chute.

David Ellery The Marist Brothers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damages to victims of serial paedophile and former Marist College Canberra teacher Kostka (John) Chute.

Paedophile 'Dolly' Dunn dobbed in Kostka Chute to protect himself, lawyer claims

Robert ''Dolly'' Dunn.

David Ellery Australia's most infamous paedophile, Robert ''Dolly'' Dunn, dobbed in Brother Kostka (John) Chute for child abuse while both men were teaching at a Marist Brothers school in Sydney in 1972, a sex...

Bringing back the trees to Gundaroo

Tim Bowyer and Rafe Morris provide light entertainment for the people involved in the Greening Australia project at the McLeods Creek Nature Reserve.

David Ellery National Tree Day planting near Gundaroo proved highly successful on Sunday.

PM opens cafe honouring war victim

Widow Nicole Pearce and daughter Stephanie at the launch of Poppy's named after David

David Ellery Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australian soldiers must ''of necessity suspend their humanity ... [and] do dark and dire things'' while honouring a soldier killed in Afghanistan at the Australian...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott opens new cafe at Australian War Memorial

The opening of Poppy's cafe at the Australian War Memorial. Trooper David Pearce's daughters Hannah and Stephanie (red), widow Nicole Pearce with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Ellery Prime Minister honours soldier killed in Afghanistan at opening of Poppy's cafe.

Tough times in building trades won't end soon, experts say

Tony Lane, senior manager, insolvency and reconstruction, with
chartered accountants firm  Vincents, in Wright.

David Ellery An estimated 114 building and construction-related companies have gone to the wall in Canberra since the start of last year, leaving behind more than $80 million in debts, Australian Securities and...

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Catholic homelessness hostel at 120 per cent of capacity

David Ellery If St Vincent de Paul's Samaritan House in Hackett was a luxury hotel, its directors would be laughing all the way to the bank.

Grand Mufti deplores Gaza violence

The Grand Mufti of Australia Professor  Ibrahim Abu Mohammed at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture to speak at the Bluestar 6th annual Social Harmony Iftar Dinner whilst Laura Tanata of Casey plays the harp.

David Ellery The Grand Mufti of Australia deplored the latest outbreak of violence in Israel and along the Gaza Strip during a visit to Canberra on Wednesday.

Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says abuse victims are 'the new missionaries'

Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher
Prowse helps to dish out meals at the St Vincent de Paul Society's ,
Samaritan House Men's Shelter at Hackett. Cook John Barr is in the
kitchen with him.

David Ellery Archbishop Christopher Prowse is convinced victims will be key to the Catholic Church moving forward in the wake of sex abuse scandals.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane launches ANU's Mount Stromlo space facility

The launch of the space engineering facility.

David Ellery Doctors Stephen Hawking and Sheldon Cooper appeared to be the only significant absentees from the well-attended launch of a $30 million-plus instrumentation and technology centre at Mount Stromlo on...

Broomball fanatics take over Garema Place

Mikah Ramirez, 6, of the ACT Broomball Association.

David Ellery Players of what is arguably the ACT's rarest sport brought a glimpse of Canada to Skate In The City at Garema Place on Sunday.

Truth, Justice and Healing Council boss as mad as hell

Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan.

David Ellery Francis Sullivan says the ACT's Catholics are angry over the way Church handled accusations of abuse at Marist College Canberra.

Catholic Church Insurance silent on Marist Brothers $9 million payout row

John Chute, also known as Brother Kostka.

David Ellery The Catholic Church Insurance company CCI is staying mum on whether or not it will seek to recover almost $9 million that may have been wrongly paid out on behalf of the Marist Brothers.

Hewatt machinery auctioned at Murrumbateman in wintry conditions

David Ellery It was 5.5 degrees at Murrumbateman at 9.30 on Thursday morning when the crowds began rolling up for the auction of $10 million worth of machinery owned by now defunct Canberra firm Hewatts and the...

Ramadan a time to reach out and share for many Muslim families

The Erdogan family of Farrer share an Iftar meal - the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset during Ramadan. Handan Erdogan and Nurullah, 9, prepare food.

David Ellery For most Australians, welcoming strangers into your home to share a meal and talk religion would be an uncomfortable experience.