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

    29 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/Just a line to tell you what I thought/of Phar Lap. I think he is the best horse probably the/world has ever seen. May I express an opinion about/him. I think he was a sick horse the day he won/the W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. I also did/not think he could with the Melbourne Cup/wheather he were sick of well with 10 stone 10lbs./Would you be kiind enough to send me a/memento of Phar Lap. Something to/remember him by. I am only young & I would/like something to remember him by in days/to come. In another forty years if I am alive/I probably will say there was only one Phar Lap/Please Mr. Telford open up your heart to someone/who loved great horses.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    24.7 cm (Length), 19.6 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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