The Killing Chronicle - Police, Service and Shattered Lives. A new book by author Alan Leek and Big Sky Publishing


Early 20th century criminals were at their worst and their excesses created havoc.The times were hard and made even more difficult with the beginning of WWII,
when hand-guns, explosives and ‘Tommie’ guns became easy currency and were used with malice and astounding recklessness.


Alan Leek, an awarded police veteran, recounts incredible true stories from this period through the lens of a man who has personally experienced and witnessed the life-changing impacts of service. He pays tribute to the ethos and courage of police and their contribution during a period when police responses were not directed by psychological or sociological methodologies but by brawn and bravery.

This compilation of stories includes the callous Anzac Day anniversary shooting of a constable, the murder of a decorated country constable that ended with the posthumous award of the George Cross,the cowardly stabbing death of a constable who had survived Africa, Greece, Ceylon and New Guinea, accounts of front line country police mercilessly cut down and other stories of goal break-outs, gun flights and carnage.

Some of the crimes dealt with here are horrific and tragic. They are not easy to take in, even today, but they need to be told to set the record straight and ensure that the victims are remembered beyond their names being chiselled into stone.


The book is to be launched on Saturday 12 October by Ken Moroney


42 year veteran of NSW Police and Commissioner 2002-2007. Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Australian Police Medal (APM) Fellow of Royal Society of New South Wales (FRSN). He holds a Master of Arts Degree and Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Justice Administration from Charles Sturt University. He also graduated from the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University.

Alan Leek: 34 year veteran of NSW Police. Diploma in Justice Administration (Charles Sturt University); Graduate Diploma in Management (Macquarie University); Graduate of FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Awarded Peter Mitchell Trophy (1987) for outstanding performance of police duty (homicide investigation). Former President of Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of Tourism Hawkesbury. Full-term trustee and patron of the Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawing and partner/director of Breewood Galleries, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury (1983 - 2009).

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30 September – 13 October
Tuesday 1 October 10.30-11.30am
Tuesday 1 October 1-2pm
Thursday 3 October 10am-midday
Wednesday 9 October 2-4pm
And this is just the list from Hawkesbury Libary. The Gallery has even more activities. Check it out! And for us of the grown up type, the offerings range from free movies, author talks (Judy Nunn) financial talks and technology 'lessons'. So much to do and plenty of time! The Library, the Gallery and the Museum is our 'go-to-place'. . . a hang out for everyone.
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