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, 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. As there is no date on this photograph, the writing on the photograph combined with the fact that the 1916 machine only had 8 selling stations, makes me conclude that this is a photograph of the 1929 Julius Tote.
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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 labeled 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 labeled 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 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.