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: Dear Mr. Telford/Just one month has passed/since we heard the sorrowful tidings/Phar Lap's dead no one believed, no one could/realize the honest,beautiful creture was no/more. We people of Tasmania felt very near/to him, like all other states endeared to him./and looked forward some day, chance would/allow us to gaze on him./It rained here for a whole week, that I felt/quite sure the skies wept for him what/more could be done, and the papers have/spoken for us all in regards to praise, sorrow,/and regret for your loss. But dear Mr. Telford/the good die young, he was only on earth to be/worshipped by man & then taken like all good/things, I feel his vision, invisible, will linger/around you & Braeside, I want to cut this short/as I am afraid you will just cast my letter aside/but I do hope you will grnt me this small/request, I do so crave just some small/momento, a small true photo, of if you have/it a small piece of hair from lhis mane I/have the tiniest bottle waiting to/encase it poor Phar Lap, we looked on him/as something human, its a pity he/left home. I shall be waiting my request/and if nothing comes I shall just have/to be content with disappointed/With regret from all Tasmania.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    25.1 cm (Length), 19.1 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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