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This uniquely Australian word is and most relevant on the eve of ANZAC Day.

The Furphy was a water cart made in Victoria in a foundry run by the Furphy family. The carts were used during WW1 to distribute drinking water to the troops.

In its language context, a ‘furphy’ is a rumour or unsubstantiated piece of information, or an entirely fictitious story. And, can you just see how the use of the word arose!

It is one of my favourites.

2 comments… add one
  • I still see old Furphy carts and trailers in regional Victoria and NSW. In fact the company still exists:, though they no longer make water carts.

  • Yes David, absolutely, the carts and trailers are still in use. Apart from unique requests from clients, the company now focuses on seating for public places and garden furniture. And what they do is still ‘built to last’.

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