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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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...

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

Ukrainian patriarch visits Canberra, pays tribute to MH17 dead


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...

Origin powers into ACT market as competition heats up

Origin has joined the tussle for ACT customers.

David Ellery Origin has become the third player in the ACT electricity and natural gas market, joining ActewAGL and EnergyAustralia.

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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'

An artist's impression of the redevelopment of St Christopher's cathedral precinct in Manuka.

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


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.

Westbourne Woods trees celebrate 100 years

Paul Flanagan hosted a gathering of local residents and walking groups at his home,
under the shade of stone pines.

David Ellery The Flanagan family found that trees on their property were part of a ring of pines planted during the spring of 1914.

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

Inspiration: Robert Crick lived through the Cold War as diplomat in Moscow, and in retirement he is riding his motorbike all over Australia, and the world.

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...

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.