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 Tote House

This photograph is at the Singapore Turf Club showing the tote house and the sixteen J5 Ticket Issuing Machines (TIMs) at each window, installed in Singapore in 1926. The main part of the TIMs are hidden inside the bench with only the top cover protruding above the bench. Each partition has a paper-roll holder and feeder holding a paper roll which feeds paper to the Ticket Issuing Machine. It is interesting to note that there appear to be foot rests at each selling window presumably for operators sitting on stools. I find this astounding to see what today is an Occupational Health and Safety issue, dealt with in 1926. This seems to be an example of very progressive thinking! I started in the totalisator industry in 1977 and it would take another decade at least before this subject would even start to be mentioned, with what now would be considered a variety, some major, OH&S violations taking place prior, when this was just normal practice and OH&S did not appear to exist, as it had not become widely adopted. After that it would take decades more to overcome the inherent resistance that most employees seemed to have to these issues, with no shortage of vocal critics. The introduction of OH&S principles, which I had a part in, had the propensity to lead to arguments.


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An Automatic Totalisators Limited product promotion document titled The PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR, written in 1930, has a low resolution copy of a photograph of this tote house. The primary differences are that it is a slightly more distant view which includes the bank in this tote house on the right hand side and there are staff in that photo. The annotation for this image reads: FIG. 40. Interior of the ticket selling room Singapore Turf Club Totalisator Building. There is an image of the associated page in the Automatic Totalisator product promotion document, in the photo gallery of this website. To view this, click on the image above and scroll down to the section titled Miscellaneous Images and select the image thumbnail with associated text starting This is a page extracted from a company document titled The PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR ...