FURPHY Foundry and J. Furphy & Sons celebrated 150 successful years with more than 500 locals and dignitaries at the Furphy Museum in Shepparton, on Saturday November 25.
The festivities included a Furphy Water Cart Display Competition, Furphy historical works (re-barrelling), a tour of the Furphy Historical Museum, a Furphy Water Tank End Auction and dinner.
Exhibitors displayed 23 Furphy Water Carts of different styles and 15 Water Tank Ends – featuring a new design – were cast to commemorate the occasion, with five being awarded to the winners of the Furphy Water Cart Competition.
A massive $50,000 was raised for the only tank end sold under the hammer at the celebration. The proceeds will go to the local ‘Lift Off’ scholarship program to assist young people in the community make the next step to secondary education.
“It was a fantastic night as a family and business to celebrate this milestone with so many members of the Shepparton community and over 50 Furphy collectors,” said Adam Furphy.
“We were blown away by the auction of commemorative limited edition water cart ends, and absolutely thrilled to see $50k go towards the ‘Lift Off’ Scholarships initiative,” added Sam Furphy.