Working Horses

In this month post i have found many old photos from the early day before motor transport took over,on our roads as the main means of transport.

When you see this many horses working you can fully appreciate the wisdom of George Bills had to supply water troughs so these working horses could quench their thirst.

My hobby is collection photos and locations of where these water troughs can be sighted.. If you happen to see any of these Bills water trough in your travels please spare the time and send me a photos

I have a  i list of 350  locations and if you would like a copy please send email to and i will forward it on to you.

Best Wishes George Gemmill July 2018


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Hitching Posts

Hitching posts played a very important part in the way of life in early days as it was most important to be able tie up horses while their owner left them to do their business.

I know if 4 cast iron hitching post which illustrates George’s and Annis‘s Bills long standing interest in animal welfare in the early 1900s when they  installed several horse troughs around Melbourne.  Grateful locals apparently commemorated their gesture by erecting Hitch Posts; each has a engraved brass plaque that reads



The posts feature a decorative column topped with a golden horses head.

The posts have a number of tether rings, a step to assist riders mounting,   and a tap to supply water for thirsty steeds.

Would love to learn more about what George did to have these post presented.

Have photos which are example of other hitching posts and ju

st update my locations list .send me a email if you would like a copy sent to you.

Photos of Bills troughs and posts are welcome please send to

Sharons 6


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Dubbo NSW

Dubbo is a City in the Heart of the Great Western Plains in New South Wales with a population of 41,000.

 There was once a number of Bills water troughs located in the Dubbo township .now there now only one left in private ownership.

Nearby towns of Wongarbon, Hill End, and Gulgong each have a Bills trough on display.

If any travellers happen to see a Bills trough in their travels, could you please send me a photo to””.

it would be appreciated so i could add them to my location lists. Anyone who would like a copy of my list please send me a email.

Thanks George Gemmill  

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Edenhope Bills Trough


 Visitors to Edenhope will be pleased to see that the old Bills Water Trough which was once located in the main Street and is now a feature item in this great land mark in the town..

 It lets us know that in 1868 a indigenous men’s Cricket team from the district was sent to play cricket in England.

Chinese are  also featured in the display, which has  a  Chinese connection as many passed through Edenhope on their way to the Victorian Goldfields back in 1850ies.They walked from Robe SA to the Victorian goldfield to avoid paying a landing tax in Victoria . 

 Very well do Edenhope for preserving the Bills Water Trough and the display which is enjoyed by passing visitors.

If anyone who has photos of Bills Troughs please send them to they will be very much appreciated.

 George Gemmill. March 2018

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Bills Trough Bellevue Hill

Back in 2009 there was a big land slip in Bellevue Hills just beside the Bills trough .

The road just gave way and left a big exposed hole in the road. The Bills trough was  very close by, and lucky it did not go down with the road. The road was repaired and the trough was replaced.Photos are of the land slip and you can see the BHT

Would some one like to send me a photo of what the BHT looks like today

Send photos to

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South Australia Troughs

Horse Troughs in South Australia.

Had a photo of sent to me of a lovely trough over at Victor Harbor South Australia the  trough is in wonderful condition for the age {1933} as it still contains water which is most unusual as the ones i have viewed not many have nice clean water in them.

What a great dedication it is to Bessie Douglas Stock her name is on the plaque beside the though lots of people would read the inscription. Bessie was killed in a show jumping accident and locals contributed to getting the memorial Trough

The trough is made from one piece of Granite? Which i have seen some like that, they were make in England there is one like that made of granite down in Port Campbell  Vic.

I do have a good Friend Russell Smith who has written a series of books called Curiosities of South Australia and Russell has been searching for years all over South Australia looking for Bills Troughs and as yet has not been able to find any with any connections to the Bills Trust which supplied the troughs in Vic and NSW.

I I would like to thank everyone who has taking the time and effort to send me trough photos and if you happen to see any in your travels, photos of them would be most welcome. Email them to

Take Care safe travelling. Best Wishes. George Gemmill January 2018

Victor HarborWW1 TroughPort Campbell

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Send him your Bills

In the Dec?Jan 2018 edition of the Outback Magazine there is a story written By john Dunn  entitled Send him your Bills  if any readers wish to send me photos of Bills Horse Troughs it would be greatly appreciated .

Please send your photos to 

I will answer each email ASAP

Collection information and taking photos of Bill Troughs have been my hobby for over 30 years and if any one would like to know  what i have collected? it would be my pleasure to share it with you . I do try to make a entry in this site each month .

Season Greeting to all my readers and safe travelling in 2018 .


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