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Newstead Bills Horse Trough

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Corner of Panmure Street and Pyrenees Highway, Newstead VIC 3462

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  • Bills Horse Trough
This horse trough stands outside Dig Cafe in Newstead, adding to the charm of the town's main street. 

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.

This trough, along with hundreds of others across the country, was donated by Annis and George Bills. 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. 


 

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