Horse Trough 1522 Main Rd Research Colour 1 - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 7, 2010
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant?
The early 20th century trough and the surrounding site to a radius of 10 metres.
How is it significant?
The trough is historically and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant?
The trough is historically significant as the only public horse trough in the Shire of Nillumbik and because it is a reminder of the reliance upon horse powered transport right up until the middle of the 20th century (Criteria A & B). The horse trough is aesthetically significant because it is an important feature of the road reserve (Criterion E).
BICK STUDY, 1992
The only public horse drinking trough of any age in the Shire, this structure illustrates the traditional highway significance of Main Road, the availability of a local water supply to serve the trough and the reliance on horse powered transport right up until the mid 20th century. Ironically this trough was probably installed some time in the first half of the 20th century, when horses were being progressively replaced by motor vehicles. The Bills bequest erected concrete horse drinking troughs on main roads in many parts of Victoria circa 1930. This trough is a physical reminder of the dependence on the horse for transport during the first century and a half of the Shire's history.