This man is operating an off-course betting machine at the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) in April 1951. In the second of the two referendums held on 9 March 1949, voters endorsed off-course betting by a two-thirds majority. The government established the TAB in 1950, and on 28 March 1951 the country's first off-course betting offices opened in Feilding and Dannevirke.
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