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Alan Leek – Author visit – Stories behind the Storyteller

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October 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday October 15, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia

Join us on Saturday 15th October at 2.30pm in our Port Macquarie Library for an intriguing visit with author Alan Leek. Our Events Librarian Leanne will chat with Alan about his lived experience, the research and the investigations behind his latest release Rat in the Ranks.

Alan Leek left school at 15 and became a wool store rouseabout. He joined the NSW Police Cadet Corps two years later and is a 34 year veteran of the police. He served as a detective, before taking up command positions, including the tough Cabramatta patrol, then the centre of heroin trafficking in Australia and the site of Australia’s first political assassination.

He retired with the rank of superintendent. He holds an Associate Diploma in Justice Administration (Distinction); Post Graduate Diploma in Police Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, USA.

He also holds the prestigious Peter Mitchell Award for outstanding performance of police duty, after leading a murder investigation. Co-founder and director of an exhibiting fine art gallery between 1983 – 2012, gave vent to his interest in art, art history and history generally.

RAT IN THE RANKS

Australia was a grim place during the Great Depression. Betting was inexpensive entertainment for the masses, but outlawed, police were forced to pit themselves against their public who flouted the law. Mendelssohn Bartholdy Miller was a young office called to this duty, but discovered a world of .corruption. He was ostracised, shunned and considered a ”rat” for refusing to take part. This is a story of one man’s battle against the odds to hold to the truth he knew about police corruption in an era of SP betting suppression that led to three Royal Commissions that rocked the State. It is also a tale of opportunities seized by gangsters, murderers and thugs in an era where crime flourished.

Alan Leek is a 34 year veteran of the police. He served as a detective, before taking up command positions, including the tough Cabramatta patrol, then the centre of heroin trafficking in Australia and the site of Australia’s first political assassination. He retired with the rank of superintendent. He holds an Associate Diploma in Justice Administration (Distinction); Post Graduate Diploma in Police Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, USA. He also holds the prestigious Peter Mitchell Award for outstanding performance of police duty, after leading a murder investigation. In 2018, he published his first book Frederick Whirlpool VC. Author Location: Camden Head, NSW.

 

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