Just over 58 years after New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, breathtaking photographs of this historic event are now on display at the Webbs Gallery in Auckland.
In 1975, Hillary’s wife Louise and their youngest daughter Belinda were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport shortly after take-off.
Following the tragedy, Edmund Hillary devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.
Hillary died of heart failure at the Auckland City Hospital in 2008 and will forever remain one of the greatest heroes in the history of mountaineering.
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