The Museum Collection

Julius Totalisator

Centrepiece of the Museum is the Julius Totalisator, which used the earliest online data and computation system. It was recognised in 1987 as such by the London Science Museum and recently by Engineers Australia.

The Julius Tote was first used in the early 1900s, and the version on display was the system in use at Eagle Farm from 1947 to about 1980.

The Museum building

The Museum collection is housed in a two-storey, heritage-listed, Federation-style building at the Eagle Farm racecourse, with the upper floor displaying more than 200 framed photos and paintings of historical events dating back to the 1800s and capturing the true history of thoroughbred racing.

Also included in this magnificent collection are artefacts and instruments used in all aspects of racing over the historical life of thoroughbred racing in Australia.

A guided tour through the Museum’s exhibits will transport you through the years, giving you a snapshot of the famous and exciting horses, participants and events that contribute to making thoroughbred racing such an integral part of our sports, entertainment and business community. A tour is a must for any history buff!

Our Museum was awarded the Queensland Business History Award for 2015. Click here for details.