This page brings together a range of memoirs and essays that illustrate particular episodes in the family's history. See also:
- Biographies - Short essays that tell the life story of one of my notable forebears
- Books - Self-published books - all available for purchase
- Research - Essays that detail the research methodology that facilitated the discovery of particular episodes in the family's history
Croker PrizeIn 2014 the Society of Australian Genealogists established the annual Croker Prize for Biography (named in memory of benefactors Colin and Loas Croker). The prize is awarded to the author of the best biographical essay submitted in accordance with whatever theme the judges choose for that year. Every financial member can submit one entry to the competition each year.
The following Croker Prize entries that were written and submitted by James Michael Fleming all relate to members of this family.
- Scrabbling in the dirt - 2017 (A tough life) - about Mary Tobin (1818-1856), who suffered a tragic ending to a tough life
- The Clan Keeper - 2016 (The ancestor I most admire) - about Alice Clarkson Poulton (1860-1927), who founded a tight-knit clan through her inspirational response to much adversity
- Looks like hopelessness - 2015 (My immigrant's story) - about Charles Fleming (1854-1928), who emigrated firstly from Scotland in 1883; secondly from Australia twenty years later
- John Kessey - Criminal or Victim? - 2014 (The blackest sheep) - about John Kessey (c1836-1902), whose life was blighted by his upbringing
Collected storiesThese are a few of the interesting stories from our history.
- An unfortunate family - 1836 - The lives of Mary Lahy and her children comprised an unrelenting series of Dickensian misfortunes and self-inflicted tragedies
- Townsville or hell! - 1883 - Charles Fleming's diary written aboard the emigrant ship Eastern Monarch.
- Bricks at Dead of Night - 1931 - Jim Fleming's story of the community reaction (led by Grandfather Kessey) against communist agitation in Bourke