Bills Trough - Cnr Walker and Rennie Streets, Lara
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The Bills drinking trough, corner Walker and Rennie Streets, Lara, is significant as it forms part of the Annis and George Bills Estate, which was established to provide watering facilities for horses after George's death in 1927. The concrete structure is also a legacy of the days of horse drawn vehicles, before the motor car was introduced.
Why it is Significant?
The Bills drinking trough is historically and socially significant at a LOCAL level.
How is it Significant?
The Bills concrete trough is associated with Annis and George Bills from c.1927, who established a fund in the early 20th century to provide adequate watering facilities for horses and dogs (Criterion A & H) . This trough is just one structure of over a thousand troughs throughout Australia, and the U.S.A. which are a legacy of the Bills Estate. It is one of only two known to survive in the Greater Geelong municipality. The trough is recognised by the local Lara community as demonstrating a distinctive custom that is no longer in use (Criterion G).