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W. M. Fleming W. M. Fleming i(A5652 works by) (birth name: William Montgomerie Fleming) (a.k.a. Will M. Fleming)
Also writes as: The Page
Born: Established: 19 May 1874 Avon Plains, St Arnaud area, North West Victoria, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 24 Jul 1961 Terrigal, Terrigal - Avoca - Copacabana area, Gosford, Central Coast, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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'Fleming grew up on a New South Wales station before briefly attending Sydney University. He began what was to be a lengthy career as a conservative politician by winning a seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly at the age of 27. He served in France during WWI, returning to Australia in 1918. From the 1890s Fleming contributed articles, short stories and verse to publications like the Bulletin, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Pastoral Review. He published two novels for adults, Where Eagles Build (1925), and Broad Acres: A Story of Australian Early Life on the Land (1939) as well as two poetry collections. He is best remembered for his children's stories, which drew inspiration from Aboriginal beliefs, including Bunyip Says So: A Tale of the Australian Bush (1922) and The Hunted Piccaninnies (1927).' (Source: Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive)

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  • Fleming wrote the lyrics of the First World War song Wanted for the Fighting Line: Australian recruiting song, music by May Summerbelle. He also published pamphlets on land settlement and water resources, and edited the Pastoral Review during the Second World War. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1901-10) and the Federal Parliament (1913-22).
  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for William Montgomerie Fleming (1874-1961).
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