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 hope you will/forgive the liberty I take of writing/to you. But I could not help/writing to tell you how/sorry I feel about the loss you/have suffered in losing that/noble horse Phar Lap. I do not take/any interest in race horses as a rule/but I have followed your great/horses doings and I cannot tell you/how I felt when I listened in and/heard he was defeated in lat/Melbourne Cup I am a New Zealander/and I hail from Westport where/you ever down there in a stable/riding for a Mr. McConkey he had/a sister in law Violet Rathburn I/met her last when I was staying/a D. Frasers at Bulls at the races/there I have a sister living out/at Trentham near Wellington she/wwas a Miss Ryan her name now/is Mrs. Malone I have not heard/from her for some time I don't/suppose you ever met them there/Well dear Mr. Telford again let/me express my sorrow at your/loss and hoping some day/you may again have a/horse to nearly bring you/as much luck as the only/Phar lap could is the sincere/wish.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    25.2 cm (Length), 19.5 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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