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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Textile designer keeps alive an ancient weaving craft

John Thistleton Children are fascinated by woman weaving natural fibres at Handmade Market.

Demand from China clears Goulburn's huge wool store

John Thistleton Demand from China has cleared out more wool from NSW's huge warehouse.

Big retail property sales boost confidence in Queanbeyan

Kmart in Queanbeyan

John Thistleton Commercial property investors have shelled out more than $80 million on Queanbeyan retailing sites, showing the city has shrugged off any negative impacts from big box retailers at Majura Park.

Plans on track to convert Bungendore and Goulburn rail lines to cycle trails

Cycle trail supporter Bill Taylor on the unused rail line near Bungendore.

John Thistleton Disused railway lines near Bungendore and Goulburn could become tourist attractions as cycling and walking trails.

Pressure on Eucumbene River as fishermen cast for trophy brown trout

Eucumbene River is a hot spot for trophy anglers.

John Thistleton Tighter rules are keeping keen trout fishermen out of one another's way.

Fancy owning a rough and ready tourist attraction? Old Bywong gold town for sale

John Thistleton The long-abandoned tourist facility Bywong Gold Town is now a town for sale, blacksmith's forge included.

Police arrest bikie suspects, seize shotguns


John Thistleton A man arrested after a shotgun was discharged and weapons seized in Tuggeranong on Saturday night had the words "Rebels" and "forever" tattooed across his eyebrows.

Prices for fine merino wool, retail demand are on the rise

John Thistleton ''I Wool If You Wool' say fashion designers, embracing merino's silky smooth texture.

Administrator puts mushrooms business on the market

An expression of interest campaign is being explored for Canberra Mushrooms.

John Thistleton Mushrooms grower calls in administrator.

Gundaroo wants Canberrans help to safeguard village character

John Thistleton Gundaroo residents want Canberrans to help them safeguard their village character.  

100th anniversary of death of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick

John Thistleton Jack Simpson, a knockabout bloke and accidental war hero, is remembered 100 years after his death.

Steve Krikonis: Melba's fish and chip man

Steve's takeaway shop owner, Steve Krikonis  has been open for business at the Melba shops since 1993.

John Thistleton When the going gets tough Steve Krikonis cooks fish and chips.

Grab, gulp and slide as a cormorant snaps up redfin at Kingston Foreshore

The cormorant flips the redfin into the air so it can swallow the fish head first.

John Thistleton Lakeside wildlife has put on a show for a photographer.

ANU scientists must win trust before building genome trail for Aborigines

Professor Easteal? said the real value of the collection would only be realised if this was done in a way which engaged the communities from where the samples were collected.

John Thistleton Blood samples from 7000 Aborigines could be taken out of long-term storage at the ANU for genome science.

Canberra Airport joins south west NSW push to seal Brindabella Road

Brian Barlin from Brindabella at the Goodradigbee River. He and others are campaigning to have Brindabella Rd sealed which would improve access to the area and cut travelling times between Tumut and the ACT.

John Thistleton Supporters of a faster route over the mountains say it will revive south west NSW and bolster case for international flights from Canberra.

Trapping, desexing and releasing solution for Griffith's stray cats

John Thistleton Suggestion for stray cats is to trap, neuter and release them back into feral colonies.

Today in history: Gundaroo dances for victory

100 years ago today.

John Thistleton The Goulburn Evening Penny Post featured Gundaroo's bush dance, 100 years ago today.  

Bush Capital's muso says girls love a man who will dance with them

John Thistleton Put down your beer, get off the couch and have a dance, says base player.

History today

John Thistleton From the Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate, May 12, 1915:

Gang-gang: Mount Ginini keeps busy Melbourne - Sydney air route open all year round


John Thistleton Even in snowy blizzards Mount Ginini air navigation facility stays in touch with pilots en route to Sydney and Melbourne.