Poker machine, ‘Queen of the Nile’.

Made by Aristocrat Technologies Australia in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1997-2006.

‘Queen of the Nile’ is the most ubiquitous and widely played poker machine in Australia. It embodies the qualities that have made electronic poker machines the main destination of the gambling dollar, reducing other forms of gambling and wagering to relatively minor status.

The ‘Queen of the Nile’ poker machine first appeared in 1998, more than twenty years after the introduction of electronic poker machines in the 1970s. During this time, the makers of the ‘Queen of the Nile’, Aristocrat, int...


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Physical Description

Poker machine with stand and accessories, electronic, 'Queen of the Nile', Mark 1, metal / glass / plastic, designed and made by Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1997-2006

Poker machine: the poker machine consists of a black painted steel case with video screen at front, between two illuminated screen printed panel. The top panel explains the combinations and symbols which produce pay outs or free games. The lower panel features the 'Queen of the Nile' logo. Two rows of illuminated playing buttons are arrayed below the screen, next to slots for coins and notes. A pay out coin tray is a lower front. This machine is programed to play without the insertion of notes or coins.

Stand: stand made of wood that is partially laminated in black. There are various holes cut into the stand at the sides and back for power cords. There is a door at the front that fastens with a metal Abloy lock.

Accessories: two clear plastic zip-lock bags containing various fittings and accessories. One bag contains six keys, four metal screws, two nuts, one metal ring, a black plastic fitting, two metal brackets and a printed sticker for G Line. The other bag contains three metal bolts and three washers. A pair of identical keys that fit the lock on the door to the stand.



This machine was designed, built and reconditioned by Aristocrat Technologies at its Waterloo factory between 1997 and 2006.


Aristocrat Technologies Australia 1997-2006



Aristocrat was founded in 1953, when Len Ainsworth began repairing and making poker machines at his family's dental supplies factory. At this time the playing of poker machines was illegal in NSW, but the law was so widely flouted that a poker machine manufacturing industry already existed in Sydney. In addition, numerous machines were imported from the USA.

Poker machines were legalised in registered clubs in 1956, and in the following two decades Aristocrat became the main Australian manufacturer, forcing numerous competitors from the industry, notably the Nutt & Muddle company, maker of the popular Jubilee machines. The methods employed by Aristocrat to gain market dominance attracted the attention of the police and regulatory authorities; Ainsworth is still involved in litigation arising from the resulting prosecutions.

However there is no doubt that Aristocrat's success was also based on several innovations in the design of poker machines. Although Aristocrat machines were initially copies of US models, by the 1960s Aristocrat was exporting to US casinos. During the 1990s its video poker machines became major competitors with US manufacturers, and Aristocrat now manufactures and sells machines in the USA, England, South Africa and 55 other countries. It is the second largest manufacturer in the world, after the US company IGT.

Len Ainsworth severed ties with Aristocrat in 1996, founding a new company Ainsworth Game Technology.


Credit Line

Gift of Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd, 2006

Acquisition Date

27 March, 2006

Cite this Object


Poker machine, 'Queen of the Nile'. 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <>


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