AN Australian icon, the Furphy water cart is one of many items up for auction at Peter Cullen?s Tweed Auctions on Saturday mor
AN Australian icon, the Furphy water cart is one of many items up for auction at Peter Cullen?s Tweed Auctions on Saturday mor

Historic water cart on the block



TWEED Auctions owner Peter Cullen isn't telling Furphies, he's selling one.

Mr Cullen is auctioning an Australian icon, a Furphy water cart which has been a part of Australian folk lore since the 1880s and particularly rose to prominence during World War I.

Mr Cullen said the drivers of the carts on the war fields were sources of information and gossip for soldiers as they moved from camp to camp, but their information was not always reliable and "Furphy" soon became synonymous with rumours and outright lies.

"The expression 'you told a furphy' actually came from this, because it went from one part of Turkey to the other. "by the time it got to 10 different battalions, the story was way out of proportion so it was a 'Furphy'," Mr Cullen said.

Mr Cullen said this is the first time he had ever seen an original cart in working order, adding that he usual sees the cylinder plates on the walls of houses but never in all its glory.

"I've contacted people like the Ettamogah Pub and a couple of Australiana places in Dalby and other places who might be interested in it," he said.

The Furphy water cart will be auctioned on Saturday morning from 10am, along with many other items.

? CHRISTIAN STANGER



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