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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Aston Martins in town: Sexy enough for Bond and perfect for Canberra

David Ellery The forecourt of Canberra's Hyatt Hotel was both shaken and stirred when a fleet of current model and classic Aston Martins descended on the city.

Canberra builder dodges asbestos bullet thanks to quick thinking


David Ellery If it seems too cheap to be true, it probably is, say experts in the building trade.

Office Regulatory Services investigates failed builder

Tanya Nguyen of Wright, front, with other people effected by the Sublime Constructions collapse in February.

David Ellery ACT Office of Regulatory Services questions QBE Insurance after refusal to pay out home warranty insurance claims.

Sydney and Emden descendants from Canberra to take part in Battle of the Cocos commemorations

David Ellery Two Canberrans, one descended from the butcher of the Emden and the other from a sailor on board HMAS Sydney, are to take part in a ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia's first great...

National Archives crowd-sources data to flesh out the nation's World War I story

David Ellery An interactive website has been launched that will crowd-source ppersonal histories of the Great War.

RSL flame handed over to the Australian War Memorial

FIRE AND ICE: Jennifer Cayfe, in the full uniform of one of the Light Horse regiments, holds the Anzac Flame aloft as Comet keeps his cool amid  the fuss.

David Ellery After a month-long journey from Western Australia, the RSL flame has reached the Australian War Memorial.

Gang Gang: Pearl Harbour attack foretold in General Hideki Tojo's speech

David Ellery An Army News article in late October 1941 provided a clear warning of Japanese expansion plans.

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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