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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Wine prizes kick start a merry time

David Ellery A battery of medals and perfect weather are tipped to make the Murrumbateman Moving Feast one for the books.

Behind the scenes: Canberra Centenary Rally

David Ellery While Woden's Nick Nowak doesn't quite qualify as a daring young man in a jaunty jalopy, he turns 70 in a few months time, the retired land economist is living the dream that inspired the classic...

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.

Security guards demand more pay

A security guard patrols a Canberra construction site.

David Ellery Canberra security guards want higher wages for their dangerous work, claiming their pay rates are at poverty levels.

Lightning speeds beat ... everything

Annie Wyer of Macgregor had the NBN installed in her home last year.

David Ellery Annie Wyer considers it fortunate she ''bit the bullet'' and signed up for the national broadband network (NBN) before the federal election.

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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Waterworks a big part of history

Smoke from the 2003 bushfires covers Canberra.

David Ellery The National Capital Development Commission reunion in March has resulted in a book offering great insight into the city's development.

Gig a vehicle to celebrate the car

David Ellery From day one Canberra was always going to be Australia's car city.


A big day for the War Memorial

Australian War Memorial senior conservator George Bailey with assistant registrar Gordon Klebba in front of the ship's lifeboat from HMT Devanda.

David Ellery Big Things In Store at the Australian War Memorial's warehouse in Mitchell.

'Hell on earth' took terrible toll

President of the 2/33 Australian Infantry Battalion Association Ray Gibson.

David Ellery A poignant and long overdue ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Friday recognised the worst air disaster to occur on Australian territory.


Gnomes make a splash

The gnome-powered dragon boat will feature at Floriade.

David Ellery Skywhale no longer stands alone as the most whimsical celebration of Canberra's centenary year.


Canberra Holden fans claim poll position


David Ellery Is Holden the Australian Labor Party's nemesis?


Giant Clowns in Canberra: Anyone else here full of hot air?

A balloon promoting the Great Loritz Circus Out of Africa show that has appeared along William Hovell Drive near Hawker similar to those used to promote the Great Moscow Circus.

David Ellery Giant clowns have begun popping up around Canberra to promote the imminent arrival of the Loritz Circus Out of Africa in Belconnen.


She's a one-of-a-kind beauty

Isabella coupe

David Ellery Chris Goddard's 1961 Borgward Isabella coupe is the ACT's rarest road-registered, mass-produced car.


Witness to an aviation disaster

Ventura Mk. I AE658 (Model 37-21-01). This is the first of just under 700 Venturas (based on the Model 18 Lodestar airframe) ordered by the RAF in 1940, and made its first flight on July 31, 1941, powered by two 1850 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 S1A4-G Double Wasps. The aircraft was equipped with a turret, but no armament was fitted on the maiden flight, or in this photo.
Ventura Gundaroo crash site:

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Australian Ventura A59-61 at RAAF Fairburn in 1943 (plane that crashed was A59-55)
Pics of memorial at Gundaroo School?

Ventura A59-55 crash Gundaroo..jpg

David Ellery This December will mark the 70th anniversary of a plane crash that killed five men just south of Gundaroo.

Peace gets a chance as memorial honours all who die

Terren Bennet and her son Jarryd Bennet, from Nowra at the Australian War Memorial.

David Ellery Telling her two young sons they would never see their father again is the hardest thing Terren Bennet has ever had to do.


Snow dome far too big to shake

David Ellery This fantastic photograph of the Shine Dome surrounded by snow dates back to Saturday, August 7, 1965, when Canberra had one of its heaviest falls of snow for the 20th century.

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The King, Bard, and the college

Hawker College are staging a musical this week that features the music of Elvis.

David Ellery What do Elvis, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Canberra's Hawker College have in common?


Highest bulbous protuberance

Picture by Gary Eckert.

David Ellery What is it with national capitals and phallic symbols?

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Hero's medal returns to pride of place after garage sale discovery

The victory medal.

David Ellery A chance garage sale purchase has brought together two of the four awards made posthumously to Victoria Cross recipient and Battle of Lone Pine hero Corporal Alexander Stewart Burton at the...