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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Multicultural festival: Dancing days come amid the tears

John Thistleton Dinka communities are being ''retraumatised by unspeakable acts of violence and terror in South Sudan''.

Concern over Kingston plan

Canberra supermarket chain SuperBarn has raised concerns about a redevelopment site opposite Kingstons Green Square (pictured).

John Thistleton SupaBarn says owners of a service station in Kingston, including a developer with previous ties to Woolworths, will control a large redevelopment site opposite Green Square.

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Capital Pioneers

The copycat kid Jeff Konstantinou whose family built an empire from shoes

Property developer, Jeff Konstantinou, in his office in Mitchell.

John Thistleton Property developer Jeff Konstantinou says his ''university of life'' education began in his father's shoe repair shop in Canberra in 1963.

Priceless Yass treasure was within couple's reach

John Thistleton Rebecca Duncan says her 1861 bluestone home at Yass has a heartbeat.

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms manager helps free range chooks keep their cool

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms manager, Graham Cowling with some of the hens at the farm in Bungendore.

John Thistleton Graham Cowling is finding ways to help thousands of fluffy chicks survive summer without air conditioning.

Truck convoy raises $150,000 for cancer

Brothers Damian Southwell 8 and Bailey Southwell 7 from McKellar

John Thistleton More than 400 gleaming trucks and their drivers raised $150,000 in the annual Canberra Convoy for Cancer.

Attempts stall on Canberra conservation plan

John Thistleton Attempts have so far failed to get a dedicated agency to manage Canberra's nature parks, native animals and birds.

Huge $400m wind farm planned near Tarago, with turbines 110m high

John Thistleton An Australian-Spanish venture is proposing a $400 million wind farm near Tarago.

Yass farmers face feed crisis due to late frosts, lack of rain

Yass grazier, Graham Privett, spreads feed on his property for his hungry Angus cattle.

John Thistleton Drought is threatening to take hold in the Yass region, with farmers already reporting feed is scarce.

Survivor reality TV show doctor, Ramona Salins, sets up shop at Braidwood

New Braidwood GP, Dr Ramona Salins with her two year old daughter, Abby-Rose.

John Thistleton Snake and sandfly-infested islands with back-stabbing people are no place for a princess.

Dominic Mico has vivid memories of growing up Italian in old Canberra

Smiths Alternative owner, Dominic Mico, at the store in the Melbourne Building.

John Thistleton Dominic Mico believes a tight network that for years bound together the ACT Italian community has loosened.

Call for higher electricity prices in ACT

ACT electricity retailers want the regulator to raise prices to attact more utilities into the small territory market.

John Thistleton ACT electricity retailers want the regulator to raise prices to attract more utilities into the small territory market.

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Pork industry warns of exodus of old piggeries

Sow stalls in Australian Intensive Piggeries factory farming.

John Thistleton The pork industry is preparing for an exodus of piggeries unwilling to phasing out confined pens for pregnant sows by 2017.

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Gardener Antonio Ciancio digs up memories of seasons of his youth

Italian migrant, Antonio Ciancio, of Lyons.

John Thistleton Antonio Ciancio's vegie garden looks like a market plot in Italy's Catanzaro province from where he migrated in 1956.

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Barber Fillippo Aricidiacono, 75, faces his final cut

Phillip Aricidiacono the barber is retiring at age 75 after a life time career of cutting hair.

John Thistleton Filippo Aricidiacono was 11 when he shaved his first customer and 15 when he finished his apprenticeship.

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MP tries to ease fears over new planning laws

John Barilaro, MP.

John Thistleton They are prime rural retreats for Canberra tree-changers and superannuation nest eggs for farmers who fear new planning rules will devalue them.

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Beneath the surface dwells a town planner

Dr Mario Serenelli, a civil engineer and town planner, who moved to Australia from Rome.

John Thistleton Instead of fulfilling his dream to be a town planner, Mario Serenellini's design skills were used underneath Canberra.

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Work ethic was handed down to children

NEWS: l-r Maria Efkarpidis chats with trader Mick Frugtneit ( manager of Toms superfruits) At the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. 12th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times
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John Thistleton The late Tom Efkarpidis left three children in Canberra with a lifelong love of supermarkets.

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The new Aussies pitched in

Maria Efkarpidis as a little girl, with her father Tom, now deceased. Photos contributed. For John Thistletons migrant series.


John Thistleton They came from postwar Europe to Canberra with little or nothing, but they've made an indelible mark on the capital.

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ACT built with construction skills of migrants

Hans Eberstaller **** Photo courtesy of National Archives of Australia. *** (must attribute).


John Thistleton Migrants lived in barracks, or garages and some took a punt on landing a job in Canberra.