Model automatic totalisator designed by Sir George Alfred Julius

George Julius built this model to demonstrate how his totalisator system worked. Julius had previously designed a cheat-proof mechanical vote-counting machine, which was sold to the State of New York. No buyers were found in Australia, so Julius searched for new applications for his calculator. Julius had been made aware of the difficulties and errors encountered by manually recording and calculating multiple bets and odds at racecourses, and saw how his vote-counting machine could be adapted to...

Summary

H5255
A scale working model of an automatic totalisator, a machine to record bets and calculate the changing odds and dividends at the racecourse. The machine consists of an electrically powered internal mechanism made mainly of brass, and is housed in a redwood and glass case constructed in removable sections to allow access to the interior. The machine runs on a 240 volt D.C electric motor which drives a number of gear shafts. There are four mechanical brass keyboards to record bets. Two keyboards record of 20 shilling bets while the remaining two record and 10 shilling and 5 pounds bets. There is also provision for two remote electric keyboards. Above the two 20 shilling keyboards at the front of the machine are a series of 6 counters, set in two rows of three. The counters indicate investment totals. Above the two rows of counters is another larger counter which gives the grand total of bet investments in half sovereigns. Accompanying the machine are three additional keyboards and three wooden drawers or portions of drawers and a wooden pedestal.

Dimensions

675 mm
815 mm
620 mm

Production

George Alfred Julius designed the automatic totalisator in Sydney, New South Wales between 1907 and 1913.

Patents taken out by Julius:
15353/09
15354/09
15133/14
16585/15
4055/17
6881/18
7284/18
10344/19
11394/19
3908/20
23452/25
2570/26
4790/26
3584/31
3585/31
3586/31
3587/31
1658/40
Julius, George Alfred 1907-1913

Source

Gift of Automatic Totalisators Limited, 1953

Cite this Object

Model automatic totalisator designed by Sir George Alfred Julius 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 May 2017, <https://ma.as/242625>
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