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.
Original Ellerslie Julius Tote Wiring
This is an image of some of the wiring of a Julius Tote. The back of the photograph is labelled Early Purely Mechanical Tote. Its number is M1 which is part of a group of photos M1-M6. Four of these photos have an Auckland Photographers stamp indicating they are of Ellerslie. This photograph could well be Ellerslie as well and I have seen other sources claim this as belonging to Ellerslie. Note the cogs and shafts on the trays of equipment on the left hand side. This is the aggregating machinery. The aggregating equipment has escapement wheels that look like bicycle sprockets which are activated by escapement mechanisms. This wiring connects the escapement mechanisms to the the beer tap levers, used for runner selection in the selling stations. On the far right of this image, above the small section of shelf visible, are two hinges belonging to two of the beer tap runner selection handles in one of the selling booths.
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This photograph is over a century old and was 100 years old in 2016--a real time multi user computing system over a century ago!