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.

This is an early Staff photograph. This factory is probably the one in Newtown Sydney at 146-158 Alice Street. I have in my possession a letter of commendation for my wife's Auntie's father, written by the Works Manager of Automatic Totalisators Pty. Ltd. on the 9th May 1921 and in this letter there is the Alice Street Newtown address. So this factory at Alice Street was in operation from 1921 or earlier but no earlier than 1917 when ATL was founded. According to The Rutherford Journal article titled An Unlikely History of Australian Computing: the Reign of the Totalisator by Lindsay Barrett and Matthew Connell, the factory moved from Newtown to the southern end of the Sydney CBD in 1930. This new factory was in Chalmers Street near Central Station. In conclusion the Alice Street factory operated from 1921, possibly as early as 1917 till 1930. The number of jackets and ties being worn is amazing by modern day standards. It is curious that they have not bothered to paint over the previous writing on the corrugated iron walls to create a clean slate on which to paint Automatic Totalisators. No doubt there were higher priority jobs!


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