Murchison Victoria

George  would like to hear from interested people who share a interest in the story of the Bills troughs and welcomes inquiries at

Please send me a photo of  troughs you have seen in your travel’s .

Best Wishes George G







Plaque beside the BHT 


Near the Bridge 

The Bills Water Trough
In the 1950’s this sturdily built water trough was removed from its original site in Stevenson Street not far from this position.
It was then used on a farm at Murchison East until the owner at that time, Doug McKinley, donated it back to the town. The Murchison and District Historical Society Inc. carried out the work of transporting and installing it on this site in 1988.
It bears the inscription: Donated by Annis and George Bills, Australia.
British born George was one of a family of fourteen children. With some of his brothers he emigrated to Victoria in 1873, and married Annis Swarm in 1885, and died at the age of 68 in 1927. During his lifetime he developed a highly profitable business making spring wire bed underlays, which supported horsehair, straw or kapok filled mattresses.
Annis predeceased George by several years, and as they had no children, he wrote his will, leaving the sum of £70,000 (equivalent to $2.5 Mil.) in trust for the welfare of animals. The fund has been administered through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which at the time, ran the Tally Ho Rest Home for pets and the Animal Rescue Centre in Burwood, Victoria.
The most conspicuous visible memorial to his legacy was to pay for the manufacture and installation of 7000 horse drinking troughs throughout the world, 500 of which were in Australia. Some incorporated a bowl for the dogs and a tap for the boss. These were made at the Rocla Pipe Co. in Hawthorn, Victoria.
The growth in motor transport in the 1950’s quickly made the troughs obsolete; however the Trust continues to provide a range of benefits to animals through the R.S.P.C.A.

Murchison & District Historical Society Inc. 2014

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Bills Trough Mullumbimby NSW

Not all the Bills troughs we see were made from the Rocla moulds. This one in Mullumbimby NSW would have been made with money supplied from the Bills Trust set up after George passed away in December 1927.


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St Arnaud Bill Trough

St Arnaud 2016

Ducks making good use of the trough in St Arnaud

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Marnoo Water Trough.




The old location was once in the Sports Ground ,now located in the main Street

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Marnoo Bills Trough

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Kangaroo Flat

When visiting the Bills trough in the gardens in Kangaroo Flat was sad to see that the name plaque had gone  missing from it. .





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Kyneton Bills trough

Kyneton Wedge ST Kyneton No1There is a very unusual Bills Trough in Wedge Street Kyneton, because when you stand facing it the float valve compartment and water inlet is on the LEFT hand side..

I have never seen many like these before as all the others troughs have it  on the Right hand side. Malmsbury BHT is also is like this one.

This trough also has a bubble tap for humans to get a drink not many of these BHT were made with the Bubble tap..


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