Everyone can write at least one good story. That was the belief of J. F. Archibald, the editor and founder of the famous nineteenth-century weekly, The Bulletin,
In the spirit of Archibald and honouring the author of Such is Life, the Furphy Literary Award has been established to promote and extend the tradition of story telling, both factual and fictional, that is so much part of Australian life.
John Barnes is an Emeritus Professor of English at La Trobe University, where he taught for 25 years, specializing in Australian literature.
He has previously written two biographies: The Order of Things: A Life of Joseph Furphy (1990) and Socialist Champion: Portrait of the Gentleman as Crusader (2006).His current project is a book of literary reminiscences, Partial Portraits. His books also include: Joseph Furphy (1963); The Writer in Australia: A collection of Literary Documents 1856-1964 (1969); Henry Kingsley and Colonial Fiction (1971); the Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories (in print since 1986); and (with Andrew Furphy) FURPHY: The Water Cart and the Word (2005). He was founding editor (1982-96) of Meridian: The La Trobe English Review, and editor of The La Trobe Journal (1998-2007).
In 1897, using the pen-name 'Tom Collins,' Joseph Furphy believed he had written a moral for his age and, he hoped, a moral for all times and places about the human situation.
An iconic figure among Australian writers, Henry Lawson awsonhas been known as the ‘Poet of Australia’, a kind of antipodean Burns, whose writings were a treasure house of Australianness.
John Furphy, founder of J Furphy and Sons established in 1864, was the inventor of the Furphy water cart. The tanks cast iron ends promoted the business and his famous motto and was a perfect size for one horse to deliver a good amount of water to farms and army camps.