Sonnet - Peter Bladen, Phar Lap Document Reg. No: HT 13343

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.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Mr Michael Reason - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.00 cm (Width), 29.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: death mourning, horse racing, horses, sport, racing industry, making history - phar lap, my son visires melbourne museum and beought me a book written by micael reason no mention of who bred him in timeru i can tell you it was a spring man who s father left ierland 1880
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
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.
Author: Mr Peter Bladen, by 2001

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