Bills Water Trough – Twinned with the Whitley Pump

Horse trough donated by Annis & George Bills. Broadford, Victoria, Australia.

Horse trough donated by Annis & George Bills. Broadford, Victoria, Australia.

Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams sends a postcard from Australia that, as postcards do, arrived in Reading after she did.

I had never heard of, or as far as I can remember, seen a Bills Water Trough before I found this one in Broadford, Victoria. The dedication above the trough says ‘Donated by – Annis & George Bills – Australia’, and when I investigated I discovered that there were over 700 of these. Most of the troughs are in Australia, but there is one in Reading.

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Robert Lee Water Trough – Twinned with the Whitley Pump

Robert Lee Water Trough near Queenstown

Robert Lee Water Trough near Queenstown

Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams reports from New Zealand. 

This water trough was erected near Queenstown in New Zealand 11,800 miles (18,900 km) from Reading. It lies on the Frankton – Ladies Mile Highway (SH6), close to Lake Hayes. The trough was designed for horses to use the upper trough and sheep and dogs to use the lower, not unlike Katesgrove’s own Whitley Pump.

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