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

    09 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: To Mr. Telford & Company/Owner of Phar Lap/Dear Mr. Telford/We all inn Greymouth/as well as N.Z. & America are/quite broken up over your dear horse/the Champion & darliing of the/world I am still crying over it/and I can't get him out of my/head He earned so much for/you with his kind playful ways/after that big race he should/have been brought home as we/all thought he would and have/a little pleasure for himself We/thought something would happen/if he stayed there long. Tell Mr./Woodcock the one who shall/miss him most I know/his best pal is gone and/credit is due to him to/have the best horse in the/world. I am a horse lover/but Phar Lap is my wonder/I had a little nephew staying/with us last year & while/at dinner he said he would/get a pony like Phar Laps/that child was only three yrs old./On his return journey home/he got colic and died inspite/of his Drs. and he was a very/precious child to his father/& mother he being so smart/with his sayings. Every women/& child & man loved your dear/horse so I hope he was not poisoned/& don't let any more horses fo/to America/I must now close/still regretting your loss as/well as ours.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    15 cm (Length), 9.9 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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