Bills Horse Troughs

Bills trough at Medlow Bath Horse Troughs in the Blue Mountains are located at: Railway Pde, Medlow Bath – at the Somerset St intersection Glen Rd, Woodford Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls – near the Fletcher St intersection Glenbrook – near the theatre Blackheath – near the Govett’s Ride statue in the park on the highway – not a Bills trough Ardill park, Warrimoo Douglass Square, Lawson – now lost. There are also carved, stone troughs on Berghofer Pass and near the former Katoomba Baths at Leura Cascades. Their story The story begins in 1859 when George Bills was born in … Continue reading Bills Horse Troughs

The Railway & the Blue Mountains

A D255 locomotive at Bowenfels, c.1885 Introduction During the 19th Century, improvements in transport and communication were of vital significance for the development of New South Wales. In 1815 it took Governor Macquarie nine days to travel by coach from Sydneyto Bathurst. This time was substantially reduced during the next thirty years as improvements were made both to the Western Road and to the type of coaches operating along it. However, travel and the transportation of goods remained uncomfortable, hazardous and sometimes impossible in bad weather. The construction of the railway to make transport to and from the west both … Continue reading The Railway & the Blue Mountains