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

    Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, 11 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club,/Christchurch, N.Z., 11th April 1932/Mr. H.R. Telford,/C/o Victoria Racing Club,/MELBOURNE./Dear Mr. Telford,/I am directed by my Committee to convey/to you and your co-partner their sincere regret on/heariing of the death of your worl-famous horse "Phar/Lap"./I can assure you that every citizen of/Christchurch, and the people of Canterbury, where he/was born and bred, were deeply interested in your famous/horse's career, and the news of his death came as a very/great shock to them all. The name of "Phar Lap"/became a household word to the residents, and I may say,/to the whole of the Dominion, and we were awaiting the/time when the news would be forwarded that your famous/horse would stand paramount as the largest stake-winner/in the world. This achievement was well within grasp at/the time of his death.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    26 cm (Length), 20 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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