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A sculpture and and menhir (standing stone) commemorate author Joseph Furphy. The Wilga tree (Geijera parriflora) is planted in what was Joseph Furphy's garden at 138 Welsford Street on the banks of the Goulburn River

Joseph Furphy (1843-1912) was the author under pseudonym, Tom Collins, of Such is Life, which was written largely at night after working in the family foundry. Joseph was also one of the foundation members of the Shepparton Fire Brigade in 1888. "Such Is Life" was written in the 1890s and published in 1903 and is regarded as an Australian classic.



Address:132 - 134 Welsford Street, Shepparton, 3630
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.37988
Long: 145.397871
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Phil Mune (Sculpture) Ian Marr (menhir engraver)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2003
Front Inscription

Joseph Furphy writer assuming the pen name Tom Collins ( a spreader of rumours and yarns) he lived and wrote here (where a small cottage over-looked a bend of the Goulburn River)

Plaque :

Joseph Furphy
1843 - 1912

The illustrious author of Such Is Life planted this tree

Tablet affixed by gracious permission of Mr & Mrs Fawcett 27 - 9 - 47

Plaque :

This plaque was placed by John Barnes
September 13th 2012
As part of the Joseph Furphy commemoration

Source: MA
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