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Tom (Joseph Furphy) Collins

'Tom Collins', a slang byword for the source of all rumours, was the pseudonym adopted by Joseph Furphy. After drought and illness wiped out his two bullock teams, Furphy began working at a foundry in Shepparton, Victoria, owned by his brother. There he began writing for The Bulletin. His masterpiece, Such is Life, was submitted to them in 1897 and published in 1903. He died in 1912. His other books - Poems (1916), Rigby's Romance (1921) and The Buln Buln and the Brolga (1948) - were published...See more