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Horse Cart and Memorial Trough

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Corner of Fraser Street and Bailey Street, Clunes VIC 3370

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Features

  • Historic artefact
  • Memorial Trough
  • Shade
This quaint wooden horse cart in Clunes stands beneath the shade of two beautiful trees, a notable sight beside the road as travellers head out of town towards nearby Creswick. 

Alongside the cart lies a memorial trough, donated by Annis and George Bills in the early 20th Century. Keen supporters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and later the RSPCA, the Bills were regular contributors to animal welfare charities (source: State Library NSW). Bills horse troughs are watering troughs that were manufactured in Australia and installed to provide relief for working horses in the first half of the twentieth century. The troughs were financed by a trust fund established through the will of George Bills. A total of around 700 troughs were distributed by the trust in Australia and 50 in several other countries (source: Wikipedia).


 

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