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.

An early Automatic Totalisators Workshop at the Alice Street Newtown factory

This Automatic Totalisators image is thought to be at the factory at Alice Street Newtown in Sydney. There are parts of drum indicators on the bench. There is a workshop behind the bench with the belts driving the machines visible, rising to pulleys on a drive shaft running across the roof truss area. The gentleman in the Homburg hat seems to be listening to someone describing a drum wheel. He has an arrow pointing to him with three difficult to read words near the tail of the arrow. I am fairly sure the first two words read "Curtis of" however the third word is quite illusive and looks like Camera however there are many other possibilities like Canada Canoba Canola Camala Camela or Camola. In any case, this man was worthy of note even if we don't get the message! More after the image...
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The photographers stamp on the photograph reads Hall & Co 44 Hunter Street Sydney


It is probably a red herring but it is interesting to note that Glenn Curtiss, a famous American aviation pioneer was instrumental in developing Hialeah which appears earlier in this photo gallery under the heading Hialeah racetrack in Miami 1932.

Following is a comment from Neville Mitchell, a long serving Automatic Totalisators manager regarding this image: The Larger Drum Adder looks familiar, I think it is the same as the 1936 version I re-installed at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club track in 1969. These were the one's with the mercury digit transfer forked switches. we have mentioned before. The forked mercury switches Neville refers to are discussed in the third image in the Longchamps Paris 1928 section of the photo gallery when I recognised what he had described used in the adder in the third image. To view this, click on the image, scroll to the bottom of the page, select the previous page button in the navigation bar and scroll down to the Longchamps Paris 1928 section and click on the third thumbnail showing the large shaft adder and read the paragraph starting with I have just noticed a device that Neville Mitchell ...