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

    Sorell, Tasmania, Australia, 07 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/My/husband joins me/in expressing to/you our very deepest/sympathy/in the/great loss you have/sustained at the/death of your/very wonderful/horse Phar Lap./When the news came/over the air we/were all petrified/with shock. We/couldnt think/that the beautiful/animal we all/admired so much/had gone for ever./I must confess/that the tears/refused to stay/back when I/heard. We have/always followed/with the keenest/interest all his/doings & altho/we had never/had the pleasure/of seeing him/in real life/we had grown/to love him &/had promised/ourselves a trip/to Victoria if he/raced there again/Our sympathy is/with you the more/as you were unable/to be with him/at the last./I am enclosing/ a stamp in the/hopes that if you/have a snapshot/of Phar Lap you will/send me one. I/assure you there/will not be a more/treasured picture in our home./Again asking you/to accept our deepest/sympathy.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    17.4 cm (Length), 11.1 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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