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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.


The ride of their lives at Gundaroo school

John Thistleton We can all recall getting into strife at school. In the little outpost bush schools the nature of naughtiness knew no bounds.

Capital Golf Club members to walk off course

Capital Golf course, Narrabundah. club president Ian O'Donnell, centre, with members, Heike Elvers and Frank Thomas in this 2010 file photo.

John Thistleton  Golfers have flagged leaving Narrabundah Capital Golf Course, a prime target for redevelopment.

Sheltering children from the great outdoors sending the wrong signal

John Thistleton Restricting children from going outdoors can cause more problems than it solves, researchers say.

Utopia's grand dreams have a familiar ring

John Thistleton As the national capital Canberra was always destined to get an opportunity to shine in the ABC's satire Utopia.

People put lives on line when steam train fires up

Shaun Barker who is a fireman on steam engines, in front of a steam train. The Canberra Times. P

John Thistleton Steam train restorers keep a low profile with a rare old locomotive to avoid over-excited photographers risking their lives on the tracks for a trophy shot.

Battles over trees taken to appeals tribunal

Trees are dividing more than footpaths and water pipes in Canberra.

John Thistleton Trees are dividing more than footpaths and water pipes in Canberra, judging by two cases before the appeals tribunal, which has been called on to resolve differences between unit owners over whether...

Frosty Pelican Sheep Station a hot spot for Japanese export market

Newborn lambs frolic around their mothers at Pelican Sheep Station.

John Thistleton Bright export prospects for lambs if they can survive fierce frosts across the Southern Tablelands.

Canberra artist Chris Wilson's record breaking caricature marathon

Caricature artist, Chris Wilson, in action, as he attempts to
complete 50 hours of sketching at The Canberra Hospital.

John Thistleton Chris Wilson breaks unofficial record for drawing caricatures for 50 hours.

No booze or coffee as Narrabundah College dries out

John Thistleton Indonesian students at Narrabundah College are staying dry, mostly, to raise funds for a province in Indonesia.

Feral cats cause problems in Canberra

They're everywhere: Feral cats living in the drains that run parallel to Callam Street in the Woden Town Centre.

John Thistleton These cats could well be the biggest population of strays in Canberra.

Artist Chris Wilson's quick drawing of caricatures aims at record at Canberra

John Thistleton The flying fingers of Chris Wilson attempt a Guinness World record at Canberra Hospital.

Gang Gang

Rainbow lorikeets are fiesty fighters in the Canberra Walk-in Aviary

John Thistleton Lorikeets take no prisoners among the stars in Canberra's walk-in aviary.

YMCA's Kingston op shop is being forced to close its doors

Joyce Ovington, who has run the Kingston op shop for more than 30 years.

John Thistleton Her Yorkshire accent tinged with pride and sadness, Joyce Ovington marvels at what a money-spinner the YMCA's op shop in Kingston has been.

King prawns stocked for coastal anglers

Millions of juvenile eastern king prawns will be released along the NSW coastline this summer

John Thistleton Eastern king prawns will be released into south coast lakes this summer, and later, mulloway and other fish species.

South Coast farmer Rob McIntosh crosses to Coles' side in milk shake-up

Dairy farmer Rob McIntosh at Woodside Park.

John Thistleton It hurts dairy farmer Rob McIntosh to pay more in a supermarket for a bottle of water than a bottle of milk.

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End of an era as Kingston YMCA op shop faces closure for supermarket development

The YMCA op shop.

John Thistleton Op shop to close after 47 years at Kingston.

Ben Pentony's little Hall farm went to market - despite the frost

Ben Pentony from Gleann Na Meala farm at Hall with some of his organic kale.

John Thistleton Frosts slow farmers markets produce, but hardy growers survive.

Box-shaped not good enough for Bungendore

John Thistleton Palerang Shire rejects box-shaped supermarket for being out-of-character with the village.

Ropes, bolts and blasting help stabilise Clyde Mountain slope

On a slippery slope:  a worker straddles loose rock on a section of Clyde Mountain above the Kings Highway.

John Thistleton Drillers abseiled down Clyde Mountain to help stabilise a slope that dumped hundreds of tonnes of rock on Kings Highway in 2012.

Renewable industry jobs left blowing in the wind

Andrew Milne and Phil Lewis back on firm ground in a shaky industry.

John Thistleton Re-trained for the renewable energy industry, workers have been left dangling by the RET review.