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  • Short Summary

    Mechanisation and electrical machinery are introduced to monitor betting tax.

  • Description

    Item title reads: "The tote to be legalised. Exclusive pictures - taken specially for Pathe Gazette - of great interest, in view of betting tax controversy of the wonderful electrical Totalisator in use on Australian Racecourse..65.50m."

    Sydney, Australia

    C/U full screen view of the tote result indicator board, showing numbers on a wooden fascia. An employee is seen entering a cubicle and operating a numbered ticket punch. C/U of hands as he works - he passes a ticket to a punter through a window.
    Intertitle reads: "Human error is eliminated - error is impossible. It is impossible to back a non runner."
    C/U of complex machinery for recording the results of races, with a series of cogs and numbered wheels and moving parts. M/S of the race meeting with crowds. Male and female race goers are seen collecting, placing and winning bets at the betting windows.

    Note : The complex machine looks like some horrible mechanical insect with lots of arms.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:06:00 / 01:17:28:00
    G 1382

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