More than 5000 Millionaire calculators are said to have been manufactured by the Egli company in the period from 1895 to 1935.
An early advertising booklet produced by Egli for the American market lists 33 major customers in the USA and Canada, some with 2, 5, or 12 machines.
A similar booklet produced by the Australian agents (Peacock Bros) in about 1908 lists 18 named customers "and numerous others" in government, mining, and commercial concerns. Mr Ray Mackay (formerly service manager of Peacock Bros) estimates that perhaps 50 machines were still in active service in Australia into the 1950s. Many of these are known to have been destroyed or sold for scrap.
This page is a register of Millionaire calculators that are known to still exist in public or private collections in Australia. I would welcome advice of any additions, from within Australia or world-wide.
The "Model" codes below are made up from four characters:
|212||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #B1340|
|913||8SWH||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Monash University Museum of Computing History|
|960||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #B1439|
|1008||8SWH||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Private collection (1)||Used by NSW Government Railways|
|1077||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #B1558||"Used by Henry Fordum Halloran, Australia, 1899-1950"|
|1079||8SWH||Australia||Canberra, ACT||Australian Bureau of Statistics||In use by 1906
Used in first Australian Census 1911
|1084||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Private collection (7)|
|1097||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Private collection (5)||From the collection of the late Professor Alan Bromley.|
|1256||8SWH||Australia||Perth, WA||Private collection (4)||Said to have been used in a bank.|
|1384||8SWH||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Private collection (3)|
|1385||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #K455||Case missing|
|1392||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #B1660|
|1543||8SWH||Australia||Zeehan, TAS||West Coast Pioneers Museum
via Tasmanian eHeritage Project
|Used at Mt Bischoff Mine, Waratah, Tasmania (established 1898)|
|1829||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Powerhouse Museum #K969||Used at Sydney Observatory from c1910|
|2015||10SMH||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Private collection (6)||Manufactured 10/9/1912 (letter from H.W.Egli); used by New York Central Railroad Co. to 1954; imported to Australia 2011.|
|2566||8KMH||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||University of Melbourne
|"Used by Engineers of the Metropolitan Gas Co...from 1917"|
|2789||8SWH||Australia||Sydney, NSW||Private collection (2)|
|2968||8KME||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Private collection (1)||Motor drive missing|
|15010||8KME||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||Private collection (8)||Push-button keyboard for multiplier setting (introduced 1927); check dial on main keyboard, motor and stand missing.|
|15125||10KME||Australia||Melbourne, VIC||University of Melbourne
|Push-button keyboard for multiplier setting (introduced 1927); check dial on main keyboard.|
Original text and images Copyright © John Wolff 2006-13.
Last Updated: 21 February 2013
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