23397 Bills Horse Trough Lions Park Glenthompson 1099
Statement of Significance
What is significant?
The Bills Horse Trough located in the Lions Memorial Park on the Glenelg Highway is pressed cement trough, identical to others which were installed throughout Australia by George and Ann Bills as part of a campaign to provide horse troughs throughout Australia. The standard design has become a very common feature in some metropolitan suburbs and many rural towns in Victoria. The trough was installed in the 1920s and is in good condition, retaining a high degree of integrity. The park is the former site of a blacksmith's shop, and later the site of a rabbit freezing works. No physical fabric remains of these past uses.
How is it significant?
Bills Horse Trough are of historical significance to the Southern Grampians Shire and to the township of Glenthompson.
Why is it significant?
Bills Horse Trough is of historical significance. The Bills Horse Trough is historically important for demonstrating the nature of pre-automobile travel and transport and the twentieth century concern for the welfare of animals.