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 company founded in 1917 to develop, manufacture and export these systems.

The Singapore Machine Room

This is an image of a photograph that was taken at the Singapore Turf Club and shows the combined adder and counter wheel display units in the Julius Tote installed there in 1926 with 16 Ticket Issuing Machines. These counter wheel units with inbuilt adders display the tickets sold on each of the runners in a race. The solitary units sitting on top of the banks of them display the grand total of all the units below them.

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The photographer's stamp on this photograph reads: HALL & CO., Commercial Photographers, 20 Hunter Street, Sydney..


An Automatic Totalisators Limited product promotion document titled The PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR, has a low resolution copy of a photograph of the outside of this building. The poor quality of this photograph prohibits me from presenting it here. The annotation for this image reads: FIG. 41. Exterior of main Totalisator Building Singapore Turf Club. This image makes it clear that the right hand bank of adder/display units represent the Win pool and the left hand bank represents the Place pool. This is evident from the explanatory text on the public display side of this investment indicator. There is an image of this page in the product promotion document, in the photo gallery of this website. To view the image of the outside of this building, first load the company promotion document by clicking on the image above and scrolling down to the section titled Miscellaneous Images and selecting the image thumbnail with associated text starting This is a page extracted from a company document titled The PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR ... Now have a look at FIG 41 on that page.

Additionally I have, what I thought was a photocopy of the document mentioned above, PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR except that it has 1930 added under the title. I was surprised to find that although they both cover similar information it is presented very differently. In this photocopy, I discovered information I had not seen before. There is an image of the adder and counter wheel display unit that is used in this installation and are visible in the image above. Again, the poor quality of this photograph prohibits me from presenting it here.The annotation for this image reads Horse Unit of small type machine. Associated text indicates that the largest type unit has recorded over 250,000 bets per minute, the medium size records at 3000 bets per minute and the small machine at 1000 per minute. As a contrast to the Horse Unit of small type machine, you can view an image of the largest type unit on this website. Click on the image above and scroll up to the Photo Gallery section titled Julius Tote equipment used at a Sydney Racetrack. Then scroll down again and select the image thumbnail with associated text starting This image shows an early large system adder...