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

    37 Glyde Street, Kensington, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: To Mr. Telford/Dear Sir,/I am sending you/some verses I cut out of our Advertiser, but/perhaps they have aleady been sent/to you; what a terrible blow we all got/when the news of Phar Laps death/came here, I think most people had/a good cry over it, I did, he seemed/to belong to everybody, we have often/said what a reception he & his little/party will get when the return home/& when the picture is shown here/of him winning that race in/Mexico instead of everybody cheering/they will all be in tears, what/terrible people the must be over/there to go & spray trees in a paddock/where he was roaming, they knew/alright it would settle there,/no one swallowed the yarn about/the "Colic" & the poor thing was treated/for 'colic' instead of poison, if they/had, had a pint & half bottle of/Salad Oil, & poured it down his/throat it may have saved his life./If you ever have a dog (or any animal/try the salad oil, if they ever/pick up a bait, put the bottle/into their mouth & pour the oil/down their throat, even when they/are in convulsions it will save/them. [extensive text]

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    24.8 cm (Length), 19.7 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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