The Lost Horse Troughs of Audley

  Lost Bills Water Trough.

Some years ago  when a young fireman was fighting a fire in the Royal National Park {RNP]  he noticed two abounded horse troughs. He returned to this place some 20 years later to discover both troughs still there half buried in thick scrub some 30 metres from a main cleared area of the tip in the remote area known as Artillery Hill both were still there in the same neglected state.

One is a Bills trough and the other trough was manufactured by the Marrickville concrete company of Richard Taylor.

It is believed the two troughs were dumped there after a large fire destroyed the Old Audley Guest House which was once a very popular holiday resort. Rangers in the park are aware of the existence of these troughs and it was once thought the troughs could have been included for relocation in the Audley Master plan the State Government dedicated $1 million in its Heritage Projects budget in 2009 -2010. It seems a shame that so far nothing has been done the preserve them as they once played a very importance place in our  History, the troughs remind us  that man was once  dependent on animals for travel and the carriage of goods and that the horse was once an everyday presence on our streets.

Maybe is the RNP does not want them they could be donated to the nearby Sutherland Shire where they already have two Bills water troughs.

I invite people to send me photos of Bills troughs to billshorsetroughs@bigpond.com they are always welcome..

Regards George Gemmill. 30.9.17

 

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Bills oldest Trough

The oldest Bills Trough in Australia.

Could this be the oldest Bills Water Trough in Australia  it is located in Sydney Centennial Park it is dated 1924 .

By the look of the photos it still remains in very good condition, and has stood the test of time.

Thanks to David Thomas for sending me the photos.

Please send me any photos you may find to billshorsetroughs@hotmail.com

They would be most welcome. George G

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Ballarat Signs

Good to see that in Ballarat is spreading the word and letting people know about George and Bills

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My Favourite Photos

 

I have been collection information on the Bills Troughs for over 30 years and i now have a location list and photos of BHTs from over 300 different sites most in Victoria and NSW, i also have  some from the UK..

.  I would like to share   my favourite photo and story that was sent to me over 10 years ago. This article and photo appeared in the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper in the column Black and White. If you have any old photos please share them with me

. Send them to billshorsetroughs@hotmail.com

 

This Bills horse trough was once located on the West side of Auburn Road between Riversdale Rd and Leslie Street Auburn Vic. The story behind this photo which was taken on a hot day in January 1940. The mother of these two girls, Felicity and Wendy  was expect another baby,  and was having a lie down the  girls were allowed to play in the backyard with the hose dribbling hence their  woollen bathers. They then decided to go for a swim and just down the street was the Bills Horse Trough.  Felicity put Wendy in the pusher {note the handle on the RH side of photo} They were enjoying their dip when the rubbish man came along and told them to go home as they would get sick and he was wanting to water his horse. They went home and their mother was none the wiser, till after the war ended and the lady from the milk bar opposite the trough gave Mum this photo.

 Seems like lot of children enjoyed share the troughs with the  horses.

 

Take care and best wishes George Gemmill.

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New Sign at the Sebastopal Bills Water Trough

 

Great to see such a nice sign telling the George and Annis Bills Story .

 

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Plaques on Troughs.

In my travels collection information on Bills Water Troughs i have noticed many troughs have had plaques installed, all telling the story about George Bills. Each tell the same story but in different ways.

 i would like to share some of them with you in this blog.

Hope you enjoy the photos, and please if you happen to be passing by a BHT please send me a photo of it to  billshorsetroughs@hotmail.com.

I have just updated my list of locations and added some more new finds to it.

If you would like a copy of the new list just send me a email and it will be my pleasure to share the list with you.

.Each would be very welcome. George Gemmill

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The test Of Time

Welcome to this site i celebrated my 80th Birthday in January and then realise most of the Bills Horse troughs would be much the same age.

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In my travels have seen many troughs in need of some tender loving care.

Here is some photo examples of them standing the test of time.

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