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Suitcase - Tommy Woodcock, Phar Lap, 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 6256

Suitcase was donated to the Museum on July 26th 1979 by Tommy Woodcock, the former strapper of the racehorse Phar Lap. Inside were a number of pieces of equipment used by him during Phar Lap's life, including rugs, bridles, shin pads, brush and a number of photographs (all now part of the Museum's History and Technology collection). According to Mr Woodcock, the suitcase was used in the 1930s to transport Phar Lap's equipment to the different racecourses around the country.
Large rectagular brown leather suitcase, with khaki cloth lining and cloth covered insert tray held in place by four metal bars. Lid is secured by two leather straps (one partially missing) and a metal lock (covered by a decorative leather panel). There is a large leather handle at the front, and the bottom and sides of the case have been reinforced with two metal bars. Attached to the case are several `Fragile' labels, and three Victorian Railways parcel duty stamps for Glenhuntly station. It has a black and red strip, Phar Lap's racing colours, painted along the sides and bottom of the case.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mr Tommy Woodcock, 1979
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 350 mm (Height), 480 mm (Width), 920 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: animal husbandry, horse racing, rail transport, railways, travel goods, horses, sport, racing industry, luggage, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Tommy Woodcock, Race Horse Strapper & Trainer (1905-1985), David Davis, Entrepreneur & Race Horse Owner, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Phar Lap Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Printed on labels: FRAGILE
Date Made: circa 1930s
Past Owner: National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979
Past Owner: Mr Tommy Woodcock, Australia, 1979
Place Depicted: Glenhuntly, Victoria, Australia

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