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The top of the TIM has buttons to operate it. This TIM was patented in Australia in 1914 a year after The World's First Automatic Totalisator commenced operation in Ellerslie, Auckland New Zealand, invented by George Julius. It will be another three years until George founds his second company Automatic Totalisators Limited. He already has an engineering consulting company, which will become Julius Poole and Gibson, which at the turn of the century was Australia's oldest engineering consulting company. The forerunner to Automatic Totalisators Limited was Totalling Mechanisms Limited which was formed in 1911. You might ask, if the J1 was patented in 1914, what did the first Julius tote use instead. In the Ellerslie system the selling stations were more an integral part of the mainframe part of the system.
The name J1 is a ticket issuing machine type identification, with the J indicating it belongs to a Julius Tote and the following digits indicating the model number, although this TIM type numbering survived the transition to computer based totalisator design and manufacture and continued into that era. The J22 for instance is the company's first microprocessor based TIM used with digital computer based totalisators the company developed.
Sir George Julius made a comment in a 1932 article, which appeared in the Gippsland Times Newspaper relating to the TIM in the image above. The content of this article is made available by the National Library of Australia on its Trove website with the following details:
1932 'HOW THE AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR WAS INVENTED', Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 January, p. 3. , viewed 20 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62691937
Following is the comment relating to the TIM above, extracted from the Gippsland Times article: Somewhat earlier--in 1916---I had come to the conclusion that success would be facilitated if the machine could print the tickets as they were sold, and that the act of printing should give the impetus to the recording mechanism. I then produced a ticket-issuing machine, which printed the number of a horse and other information, but the connection with the recording mechanism was by means of a complicated series of steel wires.
Sir George also made an observation about Australian workmen, in this Gippsland Times newspaper article. Sir George's concluding statement in the article is: These machines have all been built in Australia in almost every detail, and are a tribute to the abilities of the Australian workman.
The complete transcript of the Gippsland Times article titled How the Automatic Totalisator was Invented appears on this website in the Mechanical Aids to Calculation chapter. To view this, click on the image above. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Go to the index menu option in the Nav Bar and select the Mechanical Aids to Calculation chapter.