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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

phar lap turns 90

Copyright Museum Victoria / CC BY
Photographer: Benjamin Healley
Museum Victoria
http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/specimens/139139
A hero from Down Under, the racehorse Phar Lap was born in New Zealand, trained in Australia, and lauded the world over.  His untimely and tragic death was a mystery for years, all the more so since he was only 6 and a half years old (Oct. 1926- to April 1932).    His mounted hide (shown here) is displayed at the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, his skeleton at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and his heart is in storage with the National Museum of Australia collections.
It's been 90 years since Phar Lap's birth, and the National Museum has a fascinating collection of articles to celebrate this champion.  Here's the link.

1 comment:

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

Wow, he looks so handsome. Like a real Champion!!!!!
Bella