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 Australian company founded by George Julius in 1917, to develop manufacture and export these systems.

Old Automatic Totalisators Machine Shop Chalmers St. factory

This Automatic Totalisators image is thought to be at the factory at Chalmers Street near Central Station in Sydney. It is interesting that the machinery here seems heavier than the machines in the workshop in the first two images in the Early Factory Images section of the Photo Gallery, accessible by clicking on the image below and scrolling up to previous image thumbnails one with associated text starting This photograph is labelled First Workshop ATL and the other one with associated text starting Another image of the early factory machine shop. Speculating, perhaps the machinery in this Machine Shop looks heavier than that in other Machine Shop images, because this photograph was taken during WWII when the factory was producing munitions. The machine drive in this Machine Shop, as with the two images previously mentioned, is via belts driven by pulleys in the ceiling. The ladders mentioned previously appear here as well, probably related to the need to attend to the drive pulleys on the ceiling.

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The photographers stamp on the photograph reads Exchange Studios 49 Pitt St. Sydney WARD & FARREN Proprietors.

This is one of four photographs that are annotated with N.B, including the two previous images and the following one in the photo gallery. Presumably this does not refer to Nota Bene, possibly someone's initials or an abbreviation of a place. Whoever, wherever or whatever N.B is, it seems to group these four photos together, probably by location and possibly time period. How about "New Building", which would be appropriate after the move from Alice St. Newtown to Chalmers St. in the city, which would date this photo as circa 1933? If you have any ideas, click on the image, then scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on the animated Email logo and write to me about it.

Sir George Julius made a comment in a 1932 article, which appeared in the Gippsland Times Newspaper relating to Australian workers. The content of this article is made available by the National Library of Australia on its Trove website with the following details:
1932 'HOW THE AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR WAS INVENTED', Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 January, p. 3. , viewed 20 May 2016,

Sir George's concluding statement in this article is: These machines have all been built in Australia in almost every detail, and are a tribute to the abilities of the Australian workman.

This comment relates to the standard of work that had been and continued to be performed in the factories of Sir George's company Automatic Totalisators Limited and is probably confirmed by observations relating to his other varied fields of endeavour. In other words, this is a compliment to Australian workmen, particularly the ones working in his factories, like the men in the above image, as well as those in the multitude of staff and factory images, in this website.

The complete transcript of the Gippsland Times article titled How the Automatic Totalisator was Invented appears on this website in the Mechanical Aids to Calculation chapter. To view this, click on the image above. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Go to the index menu option in the Nav Bar and select the Mechanical Aids to Calculation chapter.