Cow and well join restored trough at Haney Park, Kangaroo Island

RESTORED TROUGH: Advance Kingscote president Graeme Connell, John Clements and Mark Cowe at the restored trough and its new features at Haney Park. Photo: Stan Gorton
RESTORED TROUGH: Advance Kingscote president Graeme Connell, John Clements and Mark Cowe at the restored trough and its new features at Haney Park. Photo: Stan Gorton

Advance Kingscote Progress Association volunteers have now added a few authentic features to the freshly restored historic Brownlow watering trough at Haney Park.

There is now a historic water pump on the trough, a realistic cow sculpture standing alongside, historically accurate tie rails for horses and also a replica water well.

Soon there will also be interpretative signage outlining the history of the watering trough and well.

AKPA president Graeme Connell said there were also plans for more park improvements with the association planning some slab timber benches while the Kangaroo Island Council eventually plans a toilet block.

The association was also planning to do some more hazard reduction to reduce fuel loads and to keep up its ongoing maintenance of the park.

The association last year repaired the cracked the historic trough that local farming families such as the Florances and Chirgwins once used to water their stock.

REPLICA WELL: The replica well stands as close as possible to where the original was thought to have been. Photo: Stan Gorton

REPLICA WELL: The replica well stands as close as possible to where the original was thought to have been. Photo: Stan Gorton

The trough dates back to about 1907, and was used by riders coming into town to water their horses, as well as local families with stock.

After falling into disrepair, it was restored back in the 1950s by Ted Potter, but since then it had bore the brunt of time, being cracked in half.

Fortunately the original plaque survived and has been reincorporated into the refurbished trough.

Trevor Florance recalled how in the 1940s as a 12-year-old boy he brought a horse-drawn trolley with two 100 gallon tanks down to the trough and adjacent well, fed by a natural spring.

Then then bucketed water out of the 12-foot deep well, taking the water back to his family's eight dairy cows on their nearby Brownlow property.

Later a windmill and 1000 gallon tank was installed making life easier, he said.

He also recalled the adjacent well and said it was a shame that local authorities filled it in after a cow fell down into it, rather than repairing it.

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