Furphy’s Farm Water Cart, c.1900. Image courtesy of J Furphy & Sons Pty Ltd.

Furphy’s Farm Water Cart, c.1900. Image courtesy of J Furphy & Sons Pty Ltd.

Fact or Furphy?

Life sentences

 

Dr Samuel Furphy reflects on the lives of two of his relatives in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

In this election year, Australians have been subjected to more than the usual quota of ‘furphies’ from their elected representatives. For those unfamiliar with this curious example of Australian slang, the University’s two major dictionary projects can help.