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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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.

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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Peace breaks out when war breaks out

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


Stanley Melbourne Bruce had strong ties to Canberra

David Ellery Stanley Bruce's middle name might have been Melbourne, but his spirit lives on in Canberra.

Gang Gang Retro Monday: Have ship- will travel

David Ellery Travel advertisements from a century ago, with their heavy emphasis on ships and trains, are clear proof of just how much the world has changed.

Canberra drivers blind to their blinkers

Welcome back to the land of the optional Indicator light.

David Ellery Having just returned from a brief break interstate, I had forgotten I was back in the ACT until driving to work on Wednesday morning.

Kristen Alexander's cat follows long literary tradition

Curious cats: Kristen Alexander cuddles Miss Millie.

David Ellery What is it about authors and cats?

Allegations of abuse against two other Marist Brothers 'lack evidence'

Kostka (John) Chute leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2008.

David Ellery Marist Brothers spokesman implores anyone with evidence to come forward.

Marist Brothers' schools director should be sacked, say sex abuse victim and lawyer

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David Ellery Senior Marist brother called legal costs incurred by compensating child sex abuse victims “obscene".

Bishop Stuart Robinson working to expose abuse by clergy

David Ellery Canberra's Anglican bishop is investigating "disgraceful and inappropriate" behaviour by clergy and church workers in the diocese.

Anglican bishop apologises for 'hurt and sorrow' caused by child sex abuse


David Ellery The Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn has issued a public apology for "any abuse and mistreatment" that may have been experienced by individuals as "a result of their engagement with our...

The paper trail that led to Australia's involvement in WWI


David Ellery The days leading up to the outbreak of World War I were not Australia's finest hour, official telegrams held in the National Archives of Australia reveal.

Lest we forget - images of our World War I fallen

Keith Payne with former ACT RSL president, and World War Two veteran, Ron Metcalfe, of Hughes, at the Australian War Memorial for the Last Post ceremony commemorating the beginning of World War One.

David Ellery Lighting up the the names of fallen World War I Diggers received a thumbs-up from the nation's oldest living Victoria Cross recipient.

WWI centenary: seamen among our first losses

Robert David Moffatt.

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: 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.

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 AWM from Monday.