Story: Referendums

Off-course betting, 1951

Off-course betting, 1951

This man is operating an off-course betting machine at the 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 went on to establish the TAB (Totalisator Agency Board) in 1950. This was followed, on 28 March 1951, by the opening of the country's first off-course betting offices in Feilding and Dannevirke.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Nigel Roberts, 'Referendums - Consultative referendums before 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2020)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016