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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Gang Gang – Canberra Centre to delay spruce up

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.

Painters lift war widow's spirits in Remembrance Day tribute

Widows helped: Legacy widow Dee Graham helps Kit Walker paint her house in Dunlop.

John Thistleton Legacy widow Dee Graham rewarded for a heart of gold.

Unity Mining proposes cyanide processing at Majors Creek

Against proposal: Penny Hayman is alarmed by Unity Mining's desire to use cyanide near Majors Creek.

John Thistleton Gold miner defends cyanide processing proposal.

Fired up Fluffy home owners threaten protests and call for levy


John Thistleton Mr Fluffy owners say the loan scheme is disgusting, bullying and will undermine Australia's residential property market.

ACT's Tour de Femme road race adds atmosphere and fun

Elite winner: Belinda Chamberlain at the start of the Tour de Femme.

John Thistleton Some 300 riders contested the Canberra Cycling Club's Tour de Femme