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

  • Date Written

    07 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/I felt so sorry/when I read about the loss of/your wonderful horse, that although/we are strangers, as one animal/lover to another, thought I would/like to tell you so./His loss is a national one as/apart from his lovable disposition/he was such a great advertis/ment for our country./Your one consolation must be that/he had such a happy well/cared for life./I lost a pet fox terrier by/poinoing some years ago, I put/in one of the most miserable/days of my life when he died./So can understand how you feel/aas although he was of no monetary/value like your horse, the feeling/& loss is just the same./I do not expect any reply/to this, as you will receive/dozens of letters from friends/& strangers & cannot be/expected to reply to them/all.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    22.8 cm (Length), 17.9 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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