A BRAND new permanent exhibit will open to the public at the Shepparton Motor Museum this weekend, showcasing the history of the iconic Furphy name, business and story and coincidentally will help to celebrate the Furphy family’s 150th year in business.
Following the historical journey started by John Furphy in 1873 right up to the current, modern day operations of Furphy Foundry and J Furphy and Sons, the exhibit will see its ‘grand opening’ in October. To help celebrate the grand opening and the company’s 150 years, a rally will trek from Kyenton, where John Furphy started as a blacksmith, to Shepparton.
Shepparton Motor Museum General Manager, Tony Badrock said, “What we wanted to do is to get the exhibition open to give people a sneak peek and watch it evolve before our official grand opening later this year.
“Furphy are commemorating 150 years this year, so this museum will be great for the community to see the history of an Australian icon, which is still in business in Shepparton today.
“We personally love the history, the icon, the brand that Furphy presents and to work on this project has been great.
“This is a great addition to the Shepparton Motor Museum,” Tony said.
Furphy Foundry Director, Sam Furphy and J Furphy and Sons Managing Director, Adam Furphy said, “There is such a good story following our family. It’s interesting and unique and deserves a place in people’s interest.
“This exhibit allows us to merge our collections and share our family’s story.
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of bringing this exhibit together was to go back and look through our archives. It really does take you back and makes you think about all of the people who have worked with Furphy. There were some really interesting stories that came out of looking into what was needed for the museum.
“Tony and Graeme at the Shepparton Motor Museum have done a great job.”