Wy Yung now has a Bills Water Trough

Barry and Sandra Bills, 2 Blackwood Ave Wy Yung are the proud owners of a Bills Water Trough Barry located it when a clean up was being done in a house in Doncaster. It had never been on any list of locations so it is a new one to be added.

It now take pride and place in their front garden. Photos of the BHT is transit and arriving ,it will also accompany Barry’s wooded Replica which he had made .

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Wyong NSW Water Trough.

Here is another Bills water trough not known about before it is located in the Wyong NSW Racecourse

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Raglan Bills Trough

Thanks to Ron Carter who discovered this badly damaged BHT in the Raglan Recreation Reserve.

Could have been damaged when it was being moved, but this is another one to be added to my location List. George Gemmill

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Second BHT in Maldon

Thanks to Mica who sent me this photo of a second BHT in Maldon it is located in the Racecourse and Recreation ground Lewis Road Maldon.

This is a new one to be added to my location List. George Gemmill

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Daylesford BHT History in Poem

Hello My Bills water trough Friends 

 Hope you and all your family are all staying safe and well I found this poem,

about the Daylesford BHT and wanting to share it with you.Geoege.

Poem by  Gordon Nightingale

Marg found it behind a big tin shed where table tennis is played,
Hidden from view by a toilet block, the discovery was made.
An Annis and George Bills Horse Trough on blocks against the wall,
How it got there is a story and I’ll attempt to relate it all.

George Bills was born in Brighton, England, in eighteen fifty nine,
He migrated first to New Zealand and lived there for some time.
He moved on to Australia in eighteen seventy three,
And it was in Brisbane that he met his bride to be.

George Bills and Annis Swann were wed in eighteen eighty five.
Her name meant ‘Love of bird and beast’ and she worked that they might thrive.
They moved on south to Sydney, George in business with his brother,
Manufacturing inner spring mattresses, the brothers in support of each other.

In Nineteen hundred and eight from the business George retired,
And they moved to Hawthorn, Victoria, where a new idea was tried.
Though George and Annis were childless, they concerned for those less fortunate,
And animals, especially working horses, needed help at any rate.

A working horse needs water, over thirty litres every day,
The Bills donated water troughs to help the horses on their way.
In dry and dusty country towns from nineteen thirty to thirty nine,
Hundreds of Bills troughs installed from Carisbrook to the Serpentine.

George set up a trust fund in honour of his beloved wife who died,
To manufacture horse troughs to a standardised design.
Each had a curved pediment in the panel above its head.
“Donated by Annis and George Bills, Australia” each inscription read.

Rocla continued manufacture, the troughs even went overseas,
To Switzerland, Iceland , England, Japan and China if you please.
But the rise of motor transport saw a decline in horse trough demand,
And with start of World War Two, production came to an end.

But George’s legacy continues, for in nineteen sixty four,
The George Bills RSPCA Rescue Centre in Burwood East opened its door.
The trough installed at Daylesford became a graffiti target.
It disappeared from the town and no-one knew where it was carted.

Now found hidden in Victoria Park, it is time to make the call,
Restore it to a prominent location to be displayed for one and all.

Gordon Nightingale is a local author and poet and the convenor of the Daylesford U3A Writers’ Circle.

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Outback Magazine Dec-Jan 2018

Some time ago John Dunn published in the Outback magazine this item about the Bills Troughs. Hope you enjoy the read and if you have any Bills Trough near you please send me a photo of it send to at billshorsetroughs @hotmail.com
Thanks stay safe George Gemmill.

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Berrigan NSW

This Bills trough has now been relocated from the sports ground to a Hayes Park on Jerilderie Road and it is now much more accessible to th epublic .

Thank sMatthew H for sending me this information any other readers with new photo could you please send them to me at billshorsetroughs@hotmail.com as they will be greatly appreciated . Thand George Gemmill.

New location
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Bills Water Troughs

Como The Bills Trough still has clean water and in it and located in  Carina Reserve beside the car park .Carina Reserve is a large one which runs along the creek and is very popular with Horse riders Dog walkers and general public who just wish to take a walk and spend time outdoors

The inscription on one of the brass plaques is very hard to read it says.

 This Horse Trough

Stood for many years at the corner

Of Lilli-Pilli and Port Hacking Roads

It was probably installed

About 1930 orjust after

It is one of several hundreds

Erected throughout Australia

And donated by

The late George and Annis Bills.

George Gemmill April 2021

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Como Sydney NSW

Located in Currawang Place is a most unusual place to be looking for a Bills trough as it is a very short residential street with a Roundabout and garden plus trees growing in it and as you drive in you cannot miss seeing the BHT.

Mark Small was able to take me to view it in April 2021 it is in very good condition still.

April with Mark Small.
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Bills Water Troughs

Rockdale Bills trough has been moved as short distance to make way for a new path in the park.

Also it has and has received some TLC with a nice coat of paint it is Grey inside where the the water is and a fawn outer looks great

Located at the park corner of Botany and Bryant Streets .

Visited it with Mark Small April 2021.

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