This history page contains a photograph which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages which are part of several pages relating to the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators Limited, the Australian company founded in 1917 to develop, manufacture and export these systems.

Mechanical Computing the world's First Automatic Totalisator

This image shows the selling stations of the Ellerslie 1913 totalisator which was purely mechanical. This is a significant machine in the progress of technology and computing engineering, the input - output section of the first real-time multi-user system. Three of these stations can be seen at the bottom middle of the first of the Ellerslie totalisator images in the photo gallery of this website accesible by clicking on the image. These beer tap handles, as they have been called were used by the sellers to register transactions and produce tickets. Each handle represents a runner in the race. As can be seen the highest numbered handle is 30, therefore this system supports up to 30 horses in a race. It also had 30 of these selling stations.

The photographer's stamp on this photo reads: FARNALL ART PHOTOGRAPHER 402-420 Victoria Arcade Auckland Phone 2974
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