Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
1931 : Construction Begins
The Totalizator Act passed through Parliament in August, 1930 by a majority of 27 to 18 and was later approved by the Legislative Council -
Reports in May of the following year when the rush was on to install totalizator equipment at the major city courses placed the total at £163,000 -
Several commentators suggested that the proposed expenditure may embarrass some of the Melbourne clubs as they could not raise money on the open market in the stressed economic conditions of the day, and that the Victoria Racing Club had had to delve into trust funds (described as "a perfectly sound procedure") to finance their installation at Flemington.
Perhaps not surprisingly, all four major city clubs opted for A.T.L.'s "Premier", but the minor Epsom and Mentone clubs opted for identical (and smaller) installations from the New Lightning Totalizator Co.
The V.R.C.'s installation was carried out by Mr. E. Shillabeer (I remember the F. E. Shillabeer Steeple run in Flemington, I think early June and one of the key lead-
The contractor at Williamstown was Mr. W. Bolger, well-
The Government passed a Bill in September, 1930 to extend the borrowing power of the V.R.C. from £15,000 to £100,000, but it is not clear how the other clubs eventually raised the funds for new buildings.
The first tote operation was anticipated to be the Mentone club who were aiming to have their New Lightning Automatic Totalizator Company installation ready for a meeting on June 10, but after an inspection by a Government team led by Chief Secretary Tom Tunnecliffe, a number of faults were found, and although the club suggested they would take a fortnight to remedy, their tote was still not operational for their next meeting on June 30.
The Moonee Valley's Automatic Totalisator Company's machine passed its inspection on August 14 and a humble Yarra Glen and Lilydale Hunt Club programme at Moonee Valley on Wednesday, August 19 became the first metropolitan totalizator meeting to be held in Victoria.
5 per cent or the pool was to be distributed to Victorian charities; the State Government in turn matching this on a £1 for £1 basis, while another 5 per cent went to racing clubs -
By October 3, the totalizator was operating on six of seven of Melbourne’s metropolitan courses -
The Ascot installation was originally planned for the spring of 1931 but was held over when the course was remodelled to allow trotting races previously held at the proprietary Richmond and Aspendale tracks to be relocated there.
The first Ascot meeting saw a win dividend of £128/2/6 (533/1) declared in one race where there were just two winning tickets, one report suggesting the crowd rushed the pay-
One For Ripley!
So said the Sporting Globe's mid-
The first race on which the tote operated at Moonee Valley in 1931 was a Trial Hurdle, primarily for horses proven very slow in flat races with a remote possibility that they may have some sort of future in jumping events instead of a one-
With assistance of Doctor Who’s time capsule, we move forward to 10 February, 1961, after after an eight-
Meadow Mead trained by the veteran mentor, Vin Ryan!
|1867 The First Tote|
|The Tote in England|
|1878 Siegfried Franck|
|1880 Friedrich Augustus Schinnerling|
|1880-1900 The Victorian Battle|
|1911 NSW Royal Commission|
|A Day In Court|
|Sir George Julius|
|1930 The English Scene|
|1931 A Tote at Last|
|A Tote At Last|
|1959 A Difficult Birth ...|
|... but at Pirron Yallock?|
|I Am Woman|
|Courses For Horses|
|1937 : Little Flemington|
|1950s : Doubles Totalizators|
|1958 A Royal Commission|
|... But a Foal Is Born|
|1961 Day One|
|1961 One For Ripley?|
|1961 How It Worked|
|Just The Ticket!|
|Infancy and Growth|
|The Father of the TAB|
|The Quaddie's Birthday|
|On Course : A New Generation|
|Off Course : On Course!|
|TAB : Taking A Punt|
|Cracking the Quinella|
|The Last $20 Note|
|A Kiwi Emu|
|George Julius on Doubles Totes|
|Roy Ernest Wells|
|"All-up" Betting versus Doubles|