The inaugural Furphy Festival was incorporated into the program in 2018 and spearheaded by Barellan farmer and committee member David Irvin. The festival included a Furphy competition and static displays of the Australian icon, while re-barrelling of Furphies were of great interest to festival visitors. David harnessed two teams of six Furphies pulled by Clydesdales to re-enact an early pioneering photograph.
The water carts were designed by Shepparton engineers, J Furphy & Sons, with many of the carts used to take water to soldiers on the battlefronts during World War I. The tanks became popular gathering points where soldiers could swap gossip and rumours, with the word “furphy” entering the Australian vernacular as a false story.
The tank ends carried a small poem:
“Good Better Best, Never Let it Rest, Until Your Good is Better, and Your Better is Best”.
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