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So what is a Furphy?

Postby Admin Fella » Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:12 pm

A furphy, also commonly spelled furfie, is Australian slang for a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.

The word is derived from water carts made by a company established by John Furphy: J. Furphy & Sons of Shepparton, Victoria. Many Furphy water carts were used to take water to Australian Army personnel during World War I. The carts, with "J. Furphy & Sons" written on their tanks, became popular as gathering places where soldiers could exchange gossip, rumours and fanciful tales—much like today's water cooler discussion.

Another suggested explanation is that the rumbling of an approaching water cart sounded like the firing of artillery, thus causing a false alarm.

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Re: So what is a Furphy?

Postby Bluewillow » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:12 am

I believe the Furphy was first mentioned at Gallipoli, will need to have a dig around

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Re: So what is a Furphy?

Postby Dropbear » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:25 am

Bluewillow wrote:I believe the Furphy was first mentioned at Gallipoli, will need to have a dig around

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hehehehehehe - that is itself could be a Furphy :lol: :lol: :lol:

But, it would be good to find out when and where it was first used.

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Re: So what is a Furphy?

Postby Bluewillow » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:28 am

I will ask a question on the Light horse sight, plenty of knowledgeable chaps there!
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Re: So what is a Furphy?

Postby saltykov » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:37 pm

And the Furphy water carts or at least the Furphy company was the first to coin the phrase "Good Better Best, We shall Never Rest, Until Our Good Is Better and our Better Best" and not that gouging ex government owned telco that used the saying in an advertising campaign several years ago.
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Re: So what is a Furphy?

Postby Incitatus » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:38 pm

It seems to be definitely linked to the name of company producing the water tanks. Soldiers congregated there and heard and spread rumours.


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