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As one of Australia’s oldest companies, Furphy Foundry is proud of its heritage and a strong dedication to producing excellent products is paramount.
Furphy Foundry’s commitment to manufacturing such high-quality products was first summarised in 1910 when company founder, John Furphy inscribed the following words on the cast ends of a Furphy Water Cart:
Today, Furphy Foundry is a diversified foundry and manufacturing company – specialising in Urban Design Products such as Seats, Benches, Picnic Settings, Litter Receptacles, Barbecues, Drinking Fountains, Bike Racks, Bollards, Impact Security, Shelters, Tree Furniture, Urban Art and more.
Furphy Literary Award
Congratulations to acclaimed Castlemaine writer and poet, Cate Kennedy, for winning the 2022 Furphy Literary Award with her short story ‘ Art and Life’. There were more than 600 entries in this year’s Awards and Cate received $15,000, a residency at La Trobe University, and publication in The Furphy Anthology 2022 later this year.
Everyone can write at least one good story. That was the belief of J. F. Archibald, the editor and founder of the famous nineteenth-century weekly, The Bulletin, who invited his readers to become contributors. It was this encouragement that led Joseph Furphy, working in his brother’s foundry at Shepparton, to write his ‘offensively Australian’ novel, Such is Life, using the pseudonym of ‘Tom Collins’. The book, full of stories derived from Joseph’s experience in the Riverina and told in a voice uniquely his own, is now acknowledged to be a classic of Australian literature.
In the spirit of Archibald and honouring the author of Such is Life, the Furphy Literary Award has been established to promote and extend the tradition of story telling, both factual and fictional, that is so much part of Australian life. The Furphy Literary Award, established locally by Shepparton’s Furphy family in 1992 to commemorate the writing of Such is Life author Joseph Furphy is Australia’s richest short story competition with a $20,000 prize pool.