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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Our military purse strings were just as tight 100 years ago, records show

John Thistleton A hundred years ago, soldiers were having to scrimp and save and apply to external sources for the necessary funding to join the war effort abroad.


Gang-Gang - Yellow box the honey spot for beekeepers

John Thistleton In summer yellow box trees bring money, honey, birds, bees and beetles to Canberra.

Canberra's farms disappearing with urban development

John Hudson, father of Wells Station owner Peter Hudson, feeds a mob of hungry Angus cows.  The family run 30 beasts on the 92-acre block that in the last 3 years has become completely encircled by the suburb of Harrison.

John Thistleton Pressure from developers is driving people away from their rural lifestyles throughout Canberra.

What's wrong with Canberra's coat of arms

Canberra's coat of arms.

John Thistleton Dr David Headon considers how well Canberra's coat of arms works in this day and age.

Gang Gang – Canberra Centre to delay spruce up

An artist's impression of Canberra Mall's new awning in Petrie Plaza.

John Thistleton Canberra Centre holds off over Christmas for $1.6 million spruce up.

Gang Gang – On this day 100 years ago in a field hospital in France

Australian infantrymen on the Western Front clamber over the top of a trench in France on a bayonet charge towards the German lines.

John Thistleton Recollections of Dr Hamilton Russell, one of Victoria's eminent surgeons and a volunteer in an Australian field hospital, stationed in France.

Gang Gang – new coat of arms for territory proposed

John Thistleton Brindabella Mountains seen as more relevant symbol for ACT coat of arms than an English castle.

Gang Gang: Roses win over a nation for generations

John Thistleton Dr John Gray says roses are the most planted shrub all over the world because of their attractive flowers and that they are not difficult to grow if you know how to prune and fertilise them.

Gang Gang: Powerful owl visits


John Thistleton A sharp-eyed birdwatcher has come across an example of Australia's largest owl in Canberra.

Farrar Gesini Dunn lawyers adopt new paperless work model

John Thistleton Darth Varder and the Guru shed paper files and lawyers' stuffy image.

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Blundells Cottage to close and reopen to reality


John Thistleton If  alive today Alice Oldfield would probably be in the shadow of ASIO's almighty headquarters in Constitution Avenue.

Gang Gang – Today in history: Springing a rabbit-proof trap

John Thistleton A novel way of trapping rabbits, favoured because of its humane method of extermination, was described in 1914.

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Gang Gang: Shy stars of Mulligans Flat torchlight tour

Wild night: Sanctuary ecologist Kate Grarock leads a torchlight tour at Mulligans Flat.

John Thistleton Native animals come under spotlight at Mulligans Flat Sanctuary.

ActewAGL says power supply in Canberra at risk

TPG has hired Lazard Australia to run an auction for the power company.

John Thistleton ActewAGL says more power blackouts are on the way because of proposed revenue cut.

ActewAGL chief executive Michael Costello's pay again under the spotlight

John Thistleton Michael Costello says his pay is a mere bagatelle compared to proposed cuts to ActewAGL's revenue raising.

ANU relocates 70,000-piece fossil collection

A skull of the small meat-eating dinosaur Velociraptor.

John Thistleton An internationally significant collection of fossils is being relocated within the ANU.

Namadgi National Park wildflowers on display

John Thistleton Big displays of wildflowers are colouring the northern section of Namadgi National Park.

Australia China FTA: Canberra's wine, services sector says cheers

Helm Wines founder Ken Helms said non-exporters in the Canberra wine industry would also welcome the FTA.

John Thistleton Canberra's wine producers and exporters have welcomed the free-trade agreement between Australia and China, with wine and business services out of the ACT set to boom.

Last Tidbinbilla owner returns to rebuilt homestead

Phil Gilmour, the last owner of Nil Desperandum homestead at Tidbinbilla range, on a return visit.

John Thistleton Kathleen Gilmour passed on Tidbinbilla to her son, Phil, in 1978, and his memories of the destroyed homestead are vivid.