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

    New Zealand, 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/I find I must write and/tell you how grieved all and every one of/us are over the news of that beautiful animal's/death, not thinking of his value what ever or/what he was going to make in the financial line/but, the animal himself, every man woman &/child is speaking of poor Phar Lap. Whan I/read the news in our splendid paper the Herald/I was choking & in tears, we wanted him at least/to go to England for our King & Royal Family to/admire, they are all lovers of horses, I had a/fear all along that something would happen/to him in America and as I say/no horse or animal is properly guarded when a/man sleeps, it is not sufficient, when a lot/can be done in that time & men do sleep heavy at/times. [extensive text]

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    24.3 cm (Length), 19.9 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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