This letter of sympathy was one of a large number sent to his trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they were donated to the museum in the 1990s.

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  • Collection Names

    Phar Lap Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mrs Nancy Telford, 20 Oct 1999

  • Place & Date Written

    136 Invermay Road, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 14 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: To Mr. H. Telford/Dear Sir,/I am just writing these few lines to/tell you how greatest sympathy for you/in your great lose of the Wonderful/favourite. (Phar Lap)./It as been a dreadful shock to us/Tasmanians, he was a favourite with us all/though we never saw him, We only read about/him and we quite understand what a wonder he/was./I am writing these few lines though it is/hard, Mr. Telford I am asking a favour of you if/you would send my wife and I some little/thing belonging to our favourite for a keepsake./We are only working people but we thought/he was an angel from the sky./Dear Sir. we quite understand what a broken/hearted man you must be, as we are just the/same. Because he was so different to others horses./Mr. Telford/Please dont be anoyed/with myself and the wife for asking/you but we would cherish/some little thing.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    23.6 cm (Length), 18.3 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

    Correspondence, Death & Mourning, Horse Racing, Horses, Racing Industry, Sport, Making History - Phar Lap