In 2014 the Society established the annual Croker Prize for Biography in memory of our generous Benefactors Colin and Loas Croker. In 2014 and 2015 two prizes of $1000 were available; one the Members' Choice and the other the SAG Board Prize chosen by the Croker Committee. Following feedback from members the guidelines were revised for 2016 and one prize of $1000 is now awarded for the best entry as judged by the Croker Prize Committee. Every financial member can submit one entry each year.
The theme for 2015 was My Immigrant's Story and 22 entries were received. You can download them individually, or at the end of the list you'll find a consolidated PDF file which you can also download.
Member Bob Wright scooped the pool, winning both the Members' Choice Prize and the Board Prize. His winning essay - 1516 - Granny Greenhalgh - can be read below.
- 1501 - Bridget Bryan: An Immigrant's Story - John Ross
- 1502 - My Immigrant was an Exile - Judy Purkiss
- 1503 - A Serial Immigrant in the Family - Allen Morris
- 1504 - Frederick Francis Fowler and the Lunatic Reception House Darlinghurst - Patricia Smith
- 1505 - My Immigrant Family - Brian Engel
- 1506 - Abraham's Journey - Kerry Close
- 1507 - For the Love of Family - Bernadette Flannery
- 1508 - Isle of Skye to Oz - Roderick and Ann McLean - Diane Pecar
- 1509 - Broken Promises - Anne Noake
- 1510 - My Immigrant - John Sydney Hunt - Carmel Bollard
- 1511 - Granny Knott - Alison Meldrum
- 1512 - Overcoming Impossible Odds - Jeanette Vizzard
- 1513 - She called Three Countries Home - Gillian Branagan
- 1514 - Rebecca Tipping - A Life on the Move - Jill Roy
- 1515 - The Shipwrecked Lawyer and his Lady - Jessica Freeman
- 1516 - Granny Greenhalgh ** Bob Wright - Winner of both the 2015 Board Prize and the 2015 Members' Choice Prize **
- 1517 - Looks like Hopelessness - Jim Fleming
- 1518 - The Tribulations of Mary Hughes - Alan Jeffrey
- 1519 - My Grandparents migrated in the 20th Century - Pam Trimmer
- 1520 - My Immigrant's Story - Jane Gould/Higgins - Lynne Bagwell
- 1521 - Better than Bedlam - Kerry Waight
- 1522 - Pompous Git or Good Bloke ? - Margaret Coghlan
If you'd like to download all the entries as one PDf you can do so here.
Although a few entries did not meet all of the formatting requirements set out in the Conditions of Entry, as it was the first year of competition the Committee accepted all entries received as being eligible.
- 1401 Old Brine: Terror of the Richmond River (Brian O'Neil) - Winner 2014 - Members' Choice Category - Robert Wright
- 1402 Wally the Black Sheep (Walter Ross, 1944) - John Ross
- 1403 Isaac Henry Boxshall, Constable 2486 - Anne Noake
- 1404 Uncovering Secrets of the Past: The Blackest Family Member (Herbert Smith) - Marie Ramsland
- 1405 How Black can Black be? (George Lonsdale) - Maree Shilling
- 1406 Louisa Ellen Ogilvie - Alison Wilson
- 1407 The Blackest Sheep was ... Elizabeth Mcgregor - Lynne Bagwell
- 1408 Babe Gets Her Name in the Paper (Ida Muriel Pender) - Garry Smith
- 1409 Sailing Unchartered Waters - the wreck of Master Mariner William Whitfield - Winner 2014 - Board Category - Elizabeth Adams
- 1410 A first Class "Bounder" : gone but not forgotten (Eric Robin Wark) - Pam Trimmer
- 1411 Of Sheep and a Wolf (Joseph Deveson) - Elizabeth Hall
- 1412 After such a promising start (Carl Johan Gerss) - Hilda Maclean
- 1413 Black Sheep, Dark Horse: the double life of Henry Curran - Daniel Browning
- 1414 The Blackest Sheep in my Family's Flock Was ... Great Uncle Alex (Richard Nettlefield) - Verity Morris
- 1415 The Blackest Sheep in my Family Flock ....James Sheers - Tony Robinson
- 1416 John Kessey - criminal or victim? - Jim Fleming
- 1417 Edward Daniel McIllree (1854-??): the Elusive Deserter - Jane Morrison
If you prefer to download all entries as one PDF you can do so here.