Reproduction Bills Troughs

Replica Troughs are make by John Ricketts and he has told me he was only going to make 100 of the so far he is well on the way. People who have purchaged them from John ar very pleased with them. Here is some photos of troughs John has made . Note the first photo is at the 2014 Melbourne garden show, there is also one used in the ABC TV Miss Fisher Murder series where she  take cover behind the trough  as she was being shot at. .

If any one in their travels sights a Bills troughs could you please send me a photos and the location of  it  to me at they will be very welcome .

I now have a location list which i would like to share with anyone who is interested  to get it. I can be contacted at 03 58572352 if you seek more details.

Safe travelling and best wishes George Gemmill 25 Brudenell Street Stanhope 3623.

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Bills Trough in Galway City Ireland,

Located in Forsters Street Galway City Ireland stands this Bills Troughs it has  a Brass plaque on it. IN MEMORY OF ANNIS AND GEORGE BILLS AUSTRALIA.

Note Annis passed away in 1910 and George 1927, so this trough must have been made soon  after that date. Would be very interesting to learn more about the history behind this troughs . This is the only trough that i know about in Ireland wonder if there is any more?

Thanks to my contacts for sending me these photos to share with other readers.

Troughs photos are always welcome, so please send them to

Thanks George Gemmill

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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 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

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


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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