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Sample of Horse Hair - Phar Lap, 1931 Object Reg. No: SH 000838

Plastic 1970s makeup compact containing a small pile of shaved horse hairs.

It appears these hairs come from the coat of Phar Lap as opposed to the mane or tail. They were taken from Phar Lap when his coat was clipped prior to his ill fated trip to the U.S.A. The donor is the widow of Gerald Telford, son of Phar Lap's trainer Harry Telford.

In 2006 five hairs were removed from the compact for research purposes, looking at the possible causes of the death of Phar Lap.
Small quantity of original Phar Lap hair, in modern sealed container.
In 2006 the seal was broken and the adhesive removed. This was replaced with a mylar seal.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mrs Nancy Telford, 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: death mourning, horse racing, souvenirs, horses, sport, racing industry, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Harry Telford, Race Horse Owner & Trainer (1877-1960), Phar Lap, Champion Race Horse (1926-1932), David Davis, Entrepreneur & Race Horse Owner, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Phar Lap Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: mementoes
Inscriptions: Handwritten on bottom of container: "PHAR LAP'S HAIR SHAVED NOV. 1931" "PHAR LAP'S HAIR NOV. 1931 VIC. AUST."

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