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Rendezvous with Death : Australian Police Slain on Duty in the early 20th century - Alan Leek

Rendezvous with Death

Australian Police Slain on Duty in the early 20th century

By: Alan Leek

Paperback | 17 May 2023

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The harrowing true stories of fallen police officers and how they met their end in a rendevous with death on the path of duty.

A new century and a new nation forged by the will of the people seemed to turn a new page and raised hope for a better future. In this there was abundant truth, but there still lurked the malcontents who fed on unsuspecting hosts using violence in support of their enterprise and deadly force to avoid detection.

These are the traumatic stories of policemen, working class men, family men, often benighted men, who died at the hands of the mad, bad and sad and unexpectedly. They died in the knowledge that duty expected of them the laying down their lives for the community they were sworn to serve. They died bravely for the new nation, for its people and esprit de corps.

This is a richly illustrated account of men who died preserving the peace at home, while their brothers-in- arms fought evil on the front lines of Europe. Their stories are often intertwined.

About the Author

Sydney born in 1948 and left school at 15 to work as a rouseabout in a wool store. Returned to Sydney at 17 and joined the NSW police cadet corps. Sworn as a constable on 19th birthday and began a 34 year career in policing, mostly as a detective and superintendent commander in Sydney’s west, including Blacktown, Parramatta and Cabramatta. Co-founder of an exhibiting fine art gallery concurrent with police duties -’ … one virtue and a thousand crimes’ as Byron would have it.

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