Museum Victoria is famous the world over for its modern architectural designs amidst the Grandeur presence of the Royal Exhibition buildings of 1881. To the Australian man, the Street Museum Victoria is better known as the final resting place of an Australian icon Phar Lap.
Despite the fact that Phar Lap has been dead for over 80 years, Big Red is idolised by thousands of Australians, most whom were not even born at his time of track domination. In a racing career in Australia of less than three years- Phar Lap, bred and raised in New Zealand, had won more money than any other horse in either country at the time of his death in 1932. The Australian turf was completely dominated by this thoroughbred freak, who won 37 times in 51 starts and started favorite in races out of 42.
When Phar Lap had nothing more to conquer in Australia he was taken to America to continue his winning career. Less than 3 months after reaching the U.S, he was dead. No body knows with complete certainty as to why he died although theories in his sudden death have lingered through the decades. When Phar Laps life gushed from his body soon after midday on Tuesday April 5 1932 at Menlo Park California, the most sensational turf story of the century began humming over the cables to Australia.
"Phar Lap the Australian champion race horse died today."