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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Floriade cubby house auction puts The Block to shame

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.

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

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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...

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

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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.

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.

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.

Executed Aussie war hero to be remembered on 75th anniversary of WWII

Sergeant Leonard George Siffleet.

David Ellery The Australian hero whose death created one of the most confronting and iconic images to emerge from WWII is to be honoured at the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of...

Gang Gang: AusAID artefacts preserved

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Collections cataloguer Nicolette Sutter with a collection of AusAid
ephemera.

David Ellery Moments before last year’s DFAT-led Anschluss of the un-organisation formerly known as AusAID a highly trained strike force from the National Library of Australia was parachuted into its...

Gang Gang Retro Wednesday remembers the Anzac forces at Suvla bay during WWI

David Ellery We flashback 99 years to Gallipoli and the news of fierce fighting at Suvla Bay with British troops boosting Anzac forces.

National Library of Australia corners Bob Katter 'chick magnet' cutout

David Ellery In its bid to keep a physical record of contemporary history, the storehouse of written words and illustrations has obtained a life-size cutout of a political leader.

Peace breaks out when war breaks out

David Ellery One unintended consequence of the outbreak of WWI a century ago was growing industrial harmony.

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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