This page brings together a range of memoirs and essays that illustrate 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.
- The Clan Keeper - 2016 - about Alice Clarkson Poulton (1860-1927), who founded a tight-knit clan through her inspirational response to much adversity
- Looks like hopelessness - 2015 - about Charles Fleming (1854-1928), who emigrated firstly from Scotland in 1883; secondly from Australia twenty years later
- John Kessey - Criminal or Victim? - 2014 - about John Kessey (c1836-1902), whose life was blighted by his upbringing
Collected storiesThese are a few of the interesting stories from our history.
- Townsville or hell! - 1883 - Charles Fleming's diary written aboard the emigrant ship Eastern Monarch.
- Charles Fleming and the Captain Cook II - 1892 - about the Sydney Harbour pilot vessel Captain Cook II and its figurehead that was made by Charles Fleming.
- Mystery photograph solved - 1895 - Jim Fleming describes how he identified the Reed family as the subject of "the mystery photograph"
- Union Hotel - 1919 - Jim Fleming's research based on a family photograph of "James Kessey's Union Hotel"
- Oral History Transcript - Ena Ruby Kessey - 1908 - Ena Kessey (nee Murphy) recalls her childhood years in Bourke, NSW
- Bricks at Dead of Night - 1931 - Jim Fleming's story of the community reaction (led by Grandfather Kessey) against communist agitation in Bourke