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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Belarus is open for business, says hands-on new ambassador

David Ellery Belarus' first ambassador to Australia, Viktor Shykh, says he's keen for local help to modernise his country's economy, while defending its slow pace of post-glasnost economic reform.

ANZAC Digger Corporal Thomas Johnson immortalised in cigar box portrait

One of the postcards sent home by Maureen Blackmore's grandfather Thomas Johnson from Gallipoli and France during WWI.

David Ellery Corporal Thomas Johnson, a 34-year-old Gallipoli veteran who was killed in France on August 5, 1916, has achieved an unexpected form of immortality.

Anzac 100 - Gallipoli violinist received 50th anniversary medal

Alf Rutter in 1918, when he was aide-de-camp to the governor of Tasmania.

David Ellery An Anzac veteran who used to serenade the Turkish trenches at Gallipoli on his violin was one of the recipients of the bronze medal issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the landing 48 years ago.

St Andrew's Warrior's Chapel Anzac service honours all war dead

David Ellery Time stopped for Alison Aitken the day she was told her "extraordinary" older brother, Colin, would not be coming home.

Marist Brothers to leave Canberra

Canberra's remaining Marist Brothers, from left, Brother Tony Shears, Brother Kevin Murray, Brother Anthony Atkinson and Brother Lawrie McCane  are expected to leave Canberra around the middle of the year.

David Ellery Canberra’s Marist Brothers community is to be disbanded by the middle of the year following the deaths of two members.

New Minister Reverend Lynda McMinn for All Saints in Ainslie

David Ellery Reverend Lynda McMinn, the new rector of Ainslie's All Saints Anglican Church, has much in common with the spiritual home of the faith community she heads.

Vintage violin to bring back memories at Mugga Mugga on Sunday

 Jenny Gall inspects the violin of the Mugga Mugga Homestead
The Canberra Times  
Date:  10 April 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

David Ellery It was made in Italy 150 years ago and fixed up countless times since then. This weekend the instrument will be on stage at the heritage festival.

Australia and the Great War details the people, the action, the places

Jim Kaucz works on the pen and ink poster depicting scenes from World War I to commemorate the Gallipoli centenary.

David Ellery A Canberra artist has distilled the events of World War I into a richly detailed commemorative work.

Canberra Easter Church Services 2015

Church services

David Ellery Church services for Easter

'Illegal refugee' adds his craft to Canberra

Hashmat Shafaq was a woodworker in Afghanistan before he came to Australia in 1999.

David Ellery Hashmat Shafaq fled the brutal Taliban regime and used his ability to craft wood to set up a new life for his family.

How Canberra churches will celebrate Easter


David Ellery Reverend David Campbell, the minister of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, hopes Canberrans will turn out in force for the inaugural ecumenical Easter service to be held at Parliament House on...

Former RSL president Ronald Metcalfe to be farewelled on Friday

Ronald Metcalfe in 2012 when he was made a  member of the Order of Australia  for his service to the community of the ACT.

David Ellery Ronald Metcalfe, who died on Thursday, gave much of his life to the RSL having served the community as a soldier and RAAF member during WWII.

Catholic Archbishop offers guidance on married life

Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse  is about to host his first diocesan assembly on

David Ellery While most middle-aged bachelors would run a mile rather than offer advice on people's marriages Canberra Goulburn's Archbishop Christopher Prowse isn't afraid to rise to the challenge.

Soldier On's new Poate centre will save veterans' lives

soldier on

David Ellery Almost 200 Afghanistan war veterans have taken their own lives and another 2600 have been confirmed as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder Hugh Poate, the father of the murdered digger in...

Operation Slipper welcome home march in Canberra on Saturday

Patrick Foxley and Jamie Simond

David Ellery Squadron Leader Jamie Simond won't be one of the 2100 men and women marching in Saturday's Canberra Operation Slipper Welcome Home Parade even though she completed two tours of duty that took her to...

Medals reunited with family after lucky link

Glyn Llanwarne, left, with Allison Forbes-Rodgers, and the medals she almost lost.

David Ellery Allison Forbes-Rodgers couldn't believe it when Lost Medals Australia, a one man search service operated by Canberran Glyn Llanwarne, told her service medals belonging to her mother and grandmother...

Tribunal reviews former naval gunner Wayne Barstow's Vietnam service

David Ellery Former naval gunner seeking recognition for his actions in Vietnam told he has 'lack of independent witnesses'.

Lost uncles prompt clarification of Woden war graves repair procedures

Ron Hamilton at Woden Cemetery where the graves of his uncles Rueben Schelbach and Clive Southwell are buried.

David Ellery Canberra Cemeteries has no objection to families doing the right thing by their war dead and new information will be posted on its web page.

Rising numbers of Australians living over 100 as predicted by Intergenerational Report have nothing to fear

Centenarian Victor Lederer enjoys a glass of wine at his Canberra home.

David Ellery and Dan Harrison The 40,000 Australians expected to be over 100 by 2055 by the authors of the 2015 Intergenerational Report have nothing to fear Canberra centenarian, Victor Lederer, has said.