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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Volunteers snubbed by National Service Medal, former military policeman says

NEWS: Former Military Policeman, Lieutenant Colonel Kas Paul of Gordon with his Military Police field shoulder brassard and his Military Police beret. 6th May 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Ellery A former military policeman from Gordon is campaigning to have regular soldiers who served alongside national servicemen between 1951 and 1971 awarded a medal to acknowledge the voluntary nature of...

Gang Gang - Binalong to remember how Gilbert died

John Gilbert: A 19th century sketch of the man considered our most daring bushranger.

David Ellery One of the first Australian poems I remember learning at my father's knee was "How Gilbert Died".

Anzac 100: Greatest generation silently disappears as World War I is celebrated

Author Peter Rees, who was speaking at the War Memorial's Victory In Europe symposium.

David Ellery Australia's preoccupation with the centenary of World War I means the rapid thinning of the ranks of the WWII generation is being ignored, speakers at Friday's Victory-in-Europe symposium at...

Majura WWI honour board presented to Canberra Gallery

A war service medallion for Arnold Arthur McIntosh dated 1920.

David Ellery WWI artefacts including medallions handed to soldiers leaving Australia have been gifted to the the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery in Civic.

ADFA theatre honours Australia's first Indigenous officer, Reg Saunders

Dorothy Mary Saunders (nee Banfield) and Reg Saunders. c1944
Photograph: Glenda Humes collection

David Ellery Reg Saunders' resourcefulness in war was legendary, but his greatest achievement was his family.

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

Viktor Shykh is the first Belarusian ambassador to Australia.

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...