Book published by in 1928, and contains details about the racing industry in New Zealand in the season 1927-28, including horses sold at the 1928 Annual New Zealand Thoroughbred Yearling Sales. Under the entry for Mr A F Roberts of Timaru, it mentions a chestnut colt by Night Raid - Entreaty which sold for 160 Guineas at the sale. It also reports that Harry Telford purchased another horse, a filly by Tea Tray - Graceful for 225 Guineas at the same sale.
Description of Content
This book was published by in 1928, and contains details about the racing industry in New Zealand in the season 1927-28, including horses sold at the 1928 Annual New Zealand Thoroughbred Yearling Sales. Under the entry for Mr A F Roberts of Timaru, it mentions a chestnut colt by Night Raid - Entreaty which sold for 160 Guineas at the sale. It also reports that Harry Telford purchased another horse, a filly by Tea Tray - Graceful for 225 Guineas at the same sale.
Rectangular book, containing approximately 1000 white paper pages printed with extensive black printed text. The book is split into three sections; "Races Run", "Winners, Colours, Entries" and "Rules of Racing". The book is bound with thick card covers covered in green leather, and printed with gold leaf text on the front cover and spine.
Currently the Museum has almost 500 items related to the life and times of one of its most famous icons Phar Lap. These relate to the horse, his career and death, as well as the memorialisation that has taken place in the (almost) 75 years since then. The collection includes racing silks, rugs, knee pads, horseshoes and girths used by the horse and his trainers, with books, photographs, art works, medallions, newspaper cuttings, condolence letters, other souvenirs produced in the 1930s, and more recent material produced around the film 'Phar Lap', various exhibitions, and souvenirs produced to sell in the Museum shop.
As the Phar Lap exhibition is considered a permanent fixture of Melbourne Museum, there is a continuous need for significant displayable items such as these, as conservation requirements mean that many of them can only be displayed for a fixed amount of time. As well as the exhibition, there is an active Phar Lap website, one of the Museum's most frequently visited sites, which also utilises noteworthy and visually appealing items such as these.
The Museum's Public Life and Institutions Collection Policy, under which the Phar Lap collection falls, states that the Museum will `comprehensively' collect Phar Lap-related material, and will include `objects associated with the horse and his career, and the process of memorialisation that occurred after his death. Souvenirs, photographs and memories are all collected, and changes in the way Phar Lap is remembered are being recorded '.
This group of items fall under these parameters, and would be an important addition to the collection as they relate to his career, which is always the most difficult area to source new material. These are particularly interesting as they relate to both the beginning and to the end of his career, and of his life.
All these books are difficult to locate as, being specialised publications, only a relatively small number of copies were produced.
Text printed on front cover in gold: THE/NEW ZEALAND/ TURF REGISTER/ 1927-28.
Type of item
115 mm (Width), 41 mm (Depth), 159 mm (Height)