Farewell to Phar Lap's skeleton

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by Kate C
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25 January 2011
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The Melbourne Gallery was filled with beautiful harmonies this morning as a group of Maori performers sang and danced to farewell Phar Lap's skeleton, which will return to New Zealand next week.

Maori performance group Te Waka Raukura Maori performance group Te Waka Raukura sing and dance in front of the Phar Lap Reunion display.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Performers from Te Waka Raukura. Performers from Te Waka Raukura.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

A performer from Te Waka Raukura. A performer from Te Waka Raukura.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

On loan from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the skeleton has been on display next to Phar Lap's hide since September 2010 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup.

Today's performers, Te Waka Raukura, provided a wonderful send-off for the skeleton. It has been an honour for us to have the skeleton and send thanks to all who made this reunion possible. The Phar Lap Reunion display can be seen until Sunday 30 January.

Maori performance Media and museum visitors gathered to enjoy the music and dancing.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Links:

MV News: Phar Lap reunion

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

MV Blog: The crates have arrived!

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tania 25 January, 2011 18:33
i wish i could have come and saw your skeleton it would have meant so much to me but i couldnt afford the plane fare. I would give anything to have seen you when you were alive
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Phil Polson 10 December, 2011 20:14
Thanks for providing this information Kate. My name Philip, literally means lover of horses and I am. When I was in Melbourne I managed time to get some beautiful photos of Pharlap in the Museum. I would never have believed how big he was if I hadn't seen it for myself. Great to see the skeleton so well looked after and respected by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
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