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Bas relief of author, Joseph Furphy in the grounds of the school he attended. Unveiled by Vance Palmer and the memorial was initiated by Kate Baker who helped form the Joseph Furphy Memorial Committee. Joseph Furphy is famous as one of Australia’s most talented early authors.

Under the pen name of Tom Collins he wrote books, “Such as Life” and “Rigby’s Romance”. These books were said to be unique in Australian Literature and his work was highly praised by overseas critics. He also wrote short stories and a volume of poems. It is said that on the 26th September 1843, in a wattle and daub shack which was on the site of the present school, Joseph Furphy was born. It is believed he was the first European child to be born in the Yering District.


Address:35 Symond Street, Primary School, Yarra Glen, 3775
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.652778
Long: 145.375556
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Wallace Anderson


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th September, 1934
Source: VMR,ADB,MA
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