Story: Gambling

Ellerslie bookmakers, November 1910

Ellerslie bookmakers, November 1910

Horse racing was New Zealanders' most popular gambling activity until the 1970s. Bookmakers ('bookies') dominated both on- and off-course betting until they were banned from racecourses in 1910. In this photograph, bookies line up with their boards at a meeting at Auckland's Ellerslie racecourse. This was possibly their last appearance there. The totalisator can be seen under the gable of the building in the background. 

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19101110-12-2

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How to cite this page:

David Grant, 'Gambling - Sports betting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by David Grant, published 5 Sep 2013