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Support growing for recognition of Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipient, Frederick Whirlpool, and his South Windsor grave

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Support is building for Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipient, Frederick Whirlpool, to have his South Windsor unmarked grave recognised and honoured. According to biographer Alan Leek, the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association in London are interested in assisting with the planned memorial for the Hawkesbury resident. Mr Leek has been working with the Hawkesbury […]

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WHIRLPOOL MEMORIAL PLANNED

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For 120 years Frederick Whirlpool, VC, has lain in the Presbyterian cemetery, Windsor, in an unmarked grave. The historic cemetery was consecrated in 1833 and is now in the care of Hawkesbury City Council. A committee has been established to facilitate the erection of a suitable memorial, marking the life and deeds of Frederick Whirlpool, […]

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New Book to be released in August, 2019

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‘THE KILLING CHRONICLE’ There have been a number of references to my new book, ‘The Killing Chronicle – Service and Shattered Lives – NSW Police and the crimes that took them.’ Under the rather lengthy working title, planning is progressing on a suitable cover design, which I will post when it becomes available. This book […]

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Presentation, book signing and launch at Taree Literary Institute

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What a great joy is was to be amongst friends and former colleagues at the historical Taree Literary Institute, now in its 154th year, on 5 December last. What a welcome! The warmth in the room showed good old fashioned country hospitality in abundance. I spoke about my book, the writing process and motivation for […]

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Books & Publishing Press Release

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Alan Leek Books And Publishing Article

  While the gist of this release is correct and an amazing opportunity to have my book picked up for global release, I have to note that Whirlpool did not end his life – he died of natural causes – in the vernacular of the time, ‘of a failure of the heart to action.’ ADL

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Focus Magazine release – Bronwyn Davis

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The Heartbreaking True Story of a VC bearer, Author Alan Leek Superintendent turned author, Alan Leek talks with us about his book, “Frederick Whirlpool VC”. You’ve had quite an interesting life before you became an author; tell us a bit about that. I worked in the wool as a rouseabout when I dropped out of […]