This sympathy poem was one of a large number sent to Museum Victoria in the years since he went on display in January 1933. It was retained in the Museum's files until it was transferred to the History Collection.

Physical Description

Rectangular sheet of cream paper, with extensive text hand typed and handwritten on one side in black ink. The sheet has been glued to a larger white sheet of paper.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Phar Lap Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Mr Michael Reason - Museum Victoria, Jan 2007

  • Author

    Mr Peter Bladen, by 2001

  • Inscriptions

    Handwritten and hand typed on front in black ink: PHAR LAP/ PHAR LAP - the name to which Australians thrill/ Proud and more loved that almost any name,/ Honoured by those who know the Racing Game,/ Hero to all, for stamina and skill!/ A world away, you dies, and time stood still/ As all Australia wept in grief and shame./ Restored, the living legend you became/ Relives the yers of your courageous will./ Look how you stand, whatever stormclouds rise,/ Long distances and triumph in your calm gaze,/ As though in valour you epitomise/ Australia's strength, the standards we upraise!/ Past the swift race of our mortality/ Phar Lap lives on in deathless memory.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • 2D format

    29.7 cm (Length), 21 cm (Width)

  • Keywords

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