Friday, August 24, 2007

"Show & Tell" Friday

This weeks show & tell from me is the humble horse troughs.
Many years ago a man by the name of George Bill had a vision that no animal would be without water and so when he passed away it was made know to every town and every council that should they apply to Bill's Trust after his death in 1927 the monies would be made available to them to put a trough in their town............well they were so popular that every time you go through a country town you will see them in the main streets.

They were referred to as horse troughs but if you look to the right you will see there is a very low part that when filled with water is suitable for dogs or small animals to drink from. So George's dream came true that no animal should be without water.


I believe it is still available today should a town wish to put a small "horse trough" in the trust still exists.


I have seen many, many of these over the years and some now have flowers in them or are used for fish many are painted in various colours and they are even still standing long after the last house has been moved form a town that is no more but to Mr George Bill's I thank you for this part of our towns history.


This is my Show and Tell Friday.


20 comments:

Mrs.B said...

Oh my! That is a lovely idea.

Because of Christ,
~Mrs.B

miss*R said...

we still have a horse trough in Woodford - made of sandstone.. I can remember when they were everywhere in the town i grew up in.. sometimes they were still being used!

Penless Thoughts said...

What a lovely story and thing to share with us. Thanks!!
Susan

Alice said...

A very humane idea, and that one is a great example. I'll be on the lookout for them now.

Hootin'Anni said...

How cool is that?!! Really a devoted and wonderful man to have thought of this. Thanks for showing and telling us about this, I learned something today!!!

Mine this week, isn't much but something I captured in the sky one morning, early this week. And wanted to share with the Show n Tell.

Tracy said...

What a sweet gesture from a kind man!

LBP said...

We still have horse troughs in the city near me but I have never seen a dog trough. That is such a great idea!

Linda

Melli said...

Oh! What a neat share! He was a very good man! I like that! :)

Jeanette said...

Hi Lee ann. I have never seen a horse trough in Yarra but ill have look and see if there is one here.. (((Hugs)))

Morning Glory said...

Very interesting and great idea. I loved your show and tell.

smilnsigh said...

A lovely show-and-tell.

Mari-Nanci

Betty said...

What a thoughtful man.....thanks for this post...I thoroughly enjoyed it....

Thanks for commenting on our bicycles......please come again...Betty

Feathers a/k/a Thriftin' Gal said...

That is so sweet and thoughtful! He was a very kind man :)

Val said...

I never knew that! I've seen them even in the city, will look more carefully the next time I see them, they should have some sort of plaque, right?

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Interesting story! Thanks for sharing!

Katherine

Amber said...

what a wonderful idea to have the trough for flowers, I bet it looks lovely!

0:) Amber

Rowan said...

This is such a lovely story - what a nice man George Bill must have been.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Well there you go, I never knew that story. Thanks Lee-ann for that lovely story...and what a kindhearted man George Bill must have been.

Lee-ann said...

Kelli, no feelings hurt here I must hve not read your rules correctly and now know why this post was pulled from the "show & tell" I will "show & tell" something that is either in my garden or in my home next week.

Thank you for everyones lovely comments I am pleased I was able to tell a story no one knew.

best wishes Lee-ann

T*mmy said...

A wonderful S&T!!
:)

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