William Fleming (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
31 May 1913 – 16 December 1922
|Preceded by||William Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Sydney Gardner|
19 May 1874|
Avon Plains, Victoria
|Died||24 July 1961
Terrigal, New South Wales
|Political party||Liberal (1901–17)
Born in Avon Plains, Victoria to Scottish migrant and station manager John Fleming and his wife Helen (née Hastie), Fleming moved with his family to a farm near Walgett, New South Wales in 1882. Educated on the farm, private schools and at the University of Sydney, Fleming worked on the family farm while also employed as a journalist for various local newspapers. A Presbyterian, Fleming married Caroline Benn in 1900; together they had one daughter and two sons.
Fleming moved to Federal parliament in 1913 as the member for the Division of Robertson, initially as a representative of the Commonwealth Liberal Party, then the Nationalist Party and later the Country Party.
While a member of Federal parliament, Fleming joined the Australian Imperial Force on 6 October 1916 and served as a Driver in the Army Service Corps until his discharge in England on 27 December 1918. He returned to parliament and served until his retirement from politics in 1922. Fleming became an orchardist in Terrigal, New South Wales, where he died in 1961. He was the last surviving MP who served when Joseph Cook was Prime Minister, as well as the last who served during Andrew Fisher's third tenure as PM.
In addition to his parliamentary career, William Fleming wrote poetry, novels and books for children through his lifetime. His earliest poems appeared in The Queenslander and The Bulletin in 1896 and 1897, and his last children's book was published in 1939.
- Where Eagles Build (1925)
- Broad Acres (1939)
- War Verses (1915)
- Australia in Peace and War (1917)
- Bunyip Says So : A Tale of the Australian Bush (1922)
- Bunyip Told Me (1926)
- The Hunted Piccaninnies (1927)
- Jessie the Elephant : Her Life Story (1939)
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Robertson
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Robertson
|New district||Member for Upper Hunter
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the
Country Party of Australia
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