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This image shows Julius Tote Machine Room at the Western India Turf Club in Bombay now known as Mumbai. This is the second enclosure according to the writing on the back of the photo. This installation was performed in 1925. This machinery is recording the bets being sold and presenting the totals displays shown on the grandstand image following this one in the photo gallery. More after the image...
1925 'AUTOMATIC TOTALISATORS LTD.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 21 December, p. 4, viewed 21 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20987749
AUTOMATIC TOTALISATORS LTD.
At the annual meeting of shareholders of Automatic Totalisators Ltd., at Sydney on Wednesday last, the chairman, Mr. E. H. Buchanan, referred to the company's installations at the opening of Olympia Motor Speedway. The installations are an automatic starting machine, an indicator, and a race-timing machine. He also mentioned the fact that the company's totalisator at Bombay (India), one of the largest in the world, was used for the first time on Saturday last. It was announced that dividends would be payable on December 31. The report and balance-sheet were adopted, and Mr. F. W. Marks was re-elected a director. Messrs. M Donald, Witt, and Co., auditors, were reappointed.
The following extract from a Trove newspaper article archive, was written over a year later than the previous one and states that Bombay is the largest automatic Totalisator in the world. The subject of the article from which the following is extracted, is the Automatic Totalisators Ltd. installation at Longchamps in France.
Extract from 1927 'World's Biggest Tote.', The Midlands Advertiser (Moora, WA : 1907 - 1930), 1 April, p. 4, viewed 21 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156985282:
Bombay at present has the largest automatic totalisator in the world supplied by the Australian, firm and it is learned that the Longchamps one will be at least three times the size of Indian one.
The Olympia Motor Speedway Timing Machine
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