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

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/I am writing to/you asking if you would send me/something of Phar Lap, a shoe would/do, or one of his bandage./I was very sorry when he died/and I used to rush for the paper/after I came home from school and/one day I looked at it I saw where/he was dead./I am twelve years of age & used/to live on a sheep station in the/West Queensland./I go the Christian Bros. College./and before I went there I used/to have a governess to teach me/out west./I wrote to Mr. Davis when he/was in America and he did not/answer my letter do you know/if he got it yet./What colours did Phar Lap have/when he used to race./My father has a lot or race/horses one is down in Sydney/now his name is We Amber, he/is a Amberdown I do not know/if he is racing at present./Hoping to hear from you soon.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    23.1 cm (Length), 18.7 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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