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

    05 May 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Mr. Telford/Dear Sir/Please excuse the liberty I am/taking in writing to you; but as I have drawn/and painted that dear horse Phar Lap i thought/probably that you may like to order one, or the/set of four, which I have almost completed./There are various sizes, and also, heads,/head, neck and part of Phar Lap with jockey/mounted; these two different pictures, complete/horse and rider mounted; with racing tracks etc./I am also drawing and making other pictures/of Phar Lap. One picture almost completed is where Phar Lap had/such a marvellous victory at Agua Caliente with/jockey mounted, track etc, the largest picture of all/is where he won the Melbourne Cup or raced in the/Derby(I am not quite sure/I think the former/with J. Pike mounted./They should last a life time. I spare neither/time or trouble or material; and I don not ask/prohibitive or exhorbitant prices. I would like/you to see them Mr. Telford, (Or any of the jockeys/or racing acquaintances) I am enclosing a few verses/on poor Phar Lap, altho I never saw him, I have grieved over him. I/am a devoted lover of animals and you and Mr. Davis have my/deep sympathy in such/a sad loss. I shall/be one of the/first to see/his dear form/when it returns/with very best wishes, and/for better luck/in the future.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    25 cm (Length), 19.6 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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