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Horse Trough

Item details

Name of item: Horse Trough
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Farming and Grazing
Category: Horse Trough
Primary address: St Johns Road, Glebe, NSW 2037
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
St Johns RoadGlebeSydney  Primary Address
Corner Glebe Point RoadGlebeSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

A rare survivor of a once common feature of inner city streets that was a practical measure of providing for animal welfare. It serves as a tangible reminder of when horses were a common means of transport.
Date significance updated: 04 Aug 10
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Physical description: A concrete horse trough on the footpath next to the kerb along St John's Road. It is currently used as a flower box.
Further information: Further research is requried.

Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are constantly updated by the City as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conservation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Current use: flower box
Former use: horse trough


Historical notes: The "Eora people" was the name given to the coastal Aborigines around Sydney. Central Sydney is therefore often referred to as "Eora Country". Within the City of Sydney local government area, the traditional owners are the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora.

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The horse trough is a tangible reminder of what was once a common mode of transport within the council area and as a practical measure of providing for animal welfare.
SHR Criteria f)
The horse trough is rare within the Sydney City Council Area.
SHR Criteria g)
.Representaitve example of a horse trough.
Integrity/Intactness: .
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

The horss trough is to be be retained and conserved.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney Local Environmental Plan 2012I80514 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2427900

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