Street Ballad - Good Bye, Phar Lap, Good Bye!, 1932 Document Reg. No: HT 16195

This ballad was printed in Melbourne in 1932, to commemorate the death of the champion race horse Phar Lap. The original owner, folklorist Bill Wannan, purchased it from a vendor outside the State Library in Melbourne for 3d a short time later.
Rectangular sheet of brown thin card with extensive dark brown text of the ballad `Good Bye, Phar Lap, Good Bye' printed on one side. At the bottom `Died 5/4/1932' has been written in blue ink. The ballad has been glued along the top to a paper mount, suggesting that it was framed at some stage.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.50 cm (Width), 21.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Above dimensions for ballad only. Dimensions for backing card are: 26.40cm L x 19.10cm W.

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Tagged with: horse racing, poetry, street vendors, horses, sport, racing industry, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: mementoes
Inscriptions: Text printed on front: Price 3d./ GOOD BYE, PHAR LAP, GOOD BYE!/ (To the tune of "The Wearing of the Green.")/ You all know a mighty racehorse,/ And how he made his fame;/ He was the wonder of the Turf,/ And Phar Lap was his name. (followed by extensive text.)
Original Owner: Mr Bill Wannan, Australia, 1932 or later

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