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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Canberra Airport joins south west NSW push to seal Brindabella Road

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.

Today in History

John Thistleton Dramatic sinking of ocean liner Lusitania.

How Braidwood boy became Australia's youngest piano tuner


John Thistleton Alex Royds became Australia's youngest piano tuner, and convinced mentors you can put an old head on young shoulders.  

Diabetes dog Molly passes crucial test before going to Ainslie Primary School

Identical twins, Hannah and Olivia Weber aged 7 have type 1 diabetes will attend Ainslie Primary School with their dog Molly.

John Thistleton Identical twins Hannah and Olivia Weber will now have a new companion in the classroom.

Can Charles Sturt solve another riddle of the rivers at West Belconnen?


John Thistleton Explorer Charles Sturt solved one riddle of the river and may solve another.

Pablo Pigcasso the rescued pig moves to new digs

John Thistleton Remember Pablo Pigcasso, the young pig rescued from the streets of Sydney's west a year ago?

Whopper mushroom sparks debate over death cap poison alert

John Thistleton Going after mushroom can land you in hot water.

Today in history: Kingston traders complain of declining business

John Thistleton Deteriorating trade blamed on revaluation of properties and subsequent rises.

Chan Dissanayake's watercolour wipes away Goulburn's gloomy main streetscape

John Thistleton How a storm kills colours to enliven an historic main street.

How a colony of backyard Griffith cats lure magpie feeders into their service


John Thistleton On dusk Charlie and Betty Margulles Griffith home fills with magpies - until the cats arrive.

Antonio D'Ambrosio finds four-kilogram mushroom in Deakin

Antonio D'Ambrosio has tasty plans for his super-sized mushroom.

John Thistleton Antonio D'Ambrosio's massive mushroom will keep him in pizzas for some time.

West Belconnen housing subdivision will reopen Ginninderra Falls

Ginninderra Falls.

John Thistleton A new housing development will reopen to the public the spectacular Ginninderra Gorge near West Belconnen.

Engadine bike rider, 61, dies after fall near Goulburn

Stock. Pictured - Police tape. 140209RG35 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

John Thistleton A 61-year-old cyclist fell over a guard rail and died near Goulburn on Saturday.

Geoff Hewatt recalls what went wrong on Majura parkway

Civil contractor Geoff Hewatt went broke on Majura Parkway last year.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

John Thistleton ''I was just a grubbie subbie under the fingernail of life,'' says Geoff Hewatt.

Geoff Hewatt back in business after Majura Parkway financial collapse

John Thistleton Civil contractor Geoff Hewatt is set to regain his two companies that collapsed last year owing tens of millions of dollars on the Majura parkway.