This 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 company founded to develop, manufacture and export these systems.

The WATA's Julius Tote at Gloucester Park

This is the Western Australian Trotting Association's Tote Building housing a Julius Totalisator at Gloucester Park. I have included this photograph as it is the most spectacular night time photograph of a tote house I have seen. I know of two Julius tote installations here. The first was in 1916 and the second in 1929. The writing on the back of the photograph reads: New Machine Recently Installed at Western Australian Trotting Association.

A company document titled The Premier (Julius) Automatic Totalisator contains a very low resolution copy of this photo with the following text: FIG4. New "Win and Place" Premier Totalisator installed, 1929, in Perth, West Australia for the West Australian Trotting Association. This machine replaces an earlier "Premier" Installation installed in 1916.


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The photographer's stamp on this photograph reads: ILLUSTRATIONS LIMITED PHOTOGRAPHERS Process Blocks. Designers Etc. (Bungalow Buildings) 870 A Hay Street, Perth. W.A. Illustrations is the longest running photographic company in Australia, being founded in 1920 and their current address is 291 Fitzgerald Street West Perth.

The first floor level contains the Julius Tote Machine Room. The Place Pool Runner Totals are visible in the first row of counter windows on the facing side of the machine room and the Win Pool Runner Totals are in the second row. There are numbers above the windows in these rows identifying the runner number. These seem to go up to 28. Either side of the Place Pool windows is the word PLACE and on the sides of the Win Pool windows is the word WIN. Between the Place and Win Pool windows are two rows of hooks for hanging sign boards containing horse names and reinsman names. The first row of hooks is labelled HORSE and the second row REINSMAN. On the side of the maintenance access walkway running across the machine room below the two rows of counter windows is written ANY HORSE WIN or PLACE ANY WINDOW and this is repeated five times across the length of the machine room. At the bottom of the central tower are two counter windows. Above these is written GRAND TOTALS and then below this line, above the left window PLACE and above the right window WIN. Above these in the central tower are two dark indicator boards on which display boards can be hung to display the dividends. The left one is headed PLACE and the right WIN. Also on the first floor level on the left and right of the machine room are two indicators with lit up towers associated with them. Both are labelled however I can only make out the word STARTERS on the near one. There are two rows of fourteen windows at the bottom of these indicators which is the maximum field size in the Win and Place pool runner totals display. Presumably these indicators show the runners that are participating in the current race. Above these there is another row of 8 windows in each indicator and above that an ornate roof. Between the top windows and the roof is another word that I cannot read. After 85 years this photo has some silver nitrate blemishing.

The previously mentioned company document titled The Premier (Julius) Automatic Totalisator, written in 1930, also contains the following text near this image:

During the 17 years which have elapsed since the first Premier Totalisator was installed, many very notable improvements have been made, and to-day the mechanism is not only very much more simple, reliable and efficient, but it is also considerably lower in price than the earlier machines.

A list of the various racecourses upon which various types of the Premier Totalisator are now installed will be found on Page 22, and from this list it will be seen that ALMOST ALL FULLY MECHANISED TOTALISATORS IN USE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO-DAY ARE "PREMIER," AND THAT, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, ALL THE LARGEST EQUIPMENTS ARE OF THIS TYPE AND MAKE.

The "Premier" Totalisator, in the form in which it has been chiefly used, automatically prints tickets required, and in so printing, electrically transmits the record of the sale of each ticket to the central adding mechanism, which totals the whole of the sales so made on each horse at the various selling booths, and records also the grand total of all such sales. It records such totals on large mechanical counters or indicators visible to the public, on small courses these couters are displayed only to some central point on the course, whilst in large installations, such as at Longchamps, Paris, the totals are displayed in as many as four different places, so that investors at various parts of the course may be kept fully informed of the progress of the betting.

Note: although the above document refers to investment totals being on display to the public, Automatic Totalisators Limited invented the worlds first odds computer in 1927 and these were available on Julius Totes after that time. This is mentioned later in the company document being referred to.

The next extract from this company document, which is not contiguous, can be read by clicking on the image above and scrolling down to and selecting the image icon in the Longchamps Paris 1928 -... section with associated text starting Longchamps Racecourse France circa 1929...

I have not reproduced the list on page 22 of this document here, as there are several such lists on this website. To see one of these lists, click on the image above, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Go to the index navigation bar option then select the Installations/Testimonials - The Premier Totalisator chapter.