Bob Bollard with his historical Furphy lid.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Bob Bollard with his historical Furphy lid. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

This Furphy is no furphy, no fibbing

HEY, mate, have you heard about the old tank lid at Kin Kin worth $1100?

A furphy, you reckon? I'm not joking. It's a real Furphy.

A cast iron tank lid from one of the old water tanks from which the term furphy was coined is being sold by a Kin Kin couple.

Bob and Lorraine Bollard have decided to part with the Furphy lid and other collectables after downsizing to a smaller home.

Mr Bollard said they had carted the lid around from house to house for about 35 years, since they lived at Rosebud, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

"It was sitting at the back of this wonderful place we lived in at Rosebud and we bought the place and inherited the Furphy," he said.

"The other end of it went to a friend of mine and I brought the other end with us," he said.

The portable Furphy water tanks were first made by Joseph Furphy in the 1880s and were used frequently during World War One.

The drivers of the water mobile water tanks used to cart stories and rumours with them as well, giving rise to the use of furphy as a slang term for a rumour or suspect story.

The steel bodies of the water tanks are hard to find these days because they have not weathered the years as well as the cast iron ends.

Mr Bollard said it took two people to life the lid, which was in good condition.

"I've seen others on the internet and they haven't been as as good condition. It's a lovely thing," he said.

He said the lid, which is for sale, would look great as a garden ornament although he favours its use in a modern rustic or industrial cafe where it could be preserved for many more years.

"I think it would be a great feature."


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