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

    16 Apr 1932

  • Inscriptions

    Text: Dear Mr. Telford/I am writing/this letter to let you know how/very sorry I am that you have/lost yoour wonderful horse./I have always been a/silent admirer of Phar Lap/& when I learned of his death/I thought that nothing else/could have been worse./I go to Domremy College/at Fivedock & am 12 years old./Before writing this letter I/got permission from my/mother who is also a great/admirer of Phar Lap./Isn't something of Phar/Lap coming to N.S.W. we have/heard that his skeleton is/going to N.Z. & his hide to/Melbourne. I feel very sorry for/your little boy, for I know how/he must have loved Phar Lap./Would it be too much to ask/if you would send me some-/thing belonging to Phar Lap/even a hair out of his tail or/his mane would be something/I would always treasure./I will conclude now, offering/again, the sympathy of my/mother & myself to you & your/little son.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    25 cm (Length), 20 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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