1953: Everest conquered, Hillary and Norgay first people to reach summit

1953: Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Hillary was acclaimed as national hero in Britain and in his native New Zealand, where the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Holyoake, said Hillary had climbed to the top of the world and put New Zealand on the map.

Mrs. Percy Hillary, his mother, recalled that when he was twenty he said, “Some day I will climb Everest.” Hillary is 34-years-old beekeeper from Auckland.

Last year he was member of British Himalayas expedition when, with another New Zealander, W. G. Lowe, he carried out an extensive exploration of the Everest area around Makalu. His mother told how one night, in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, her son sheltered a badly injured girl with another climbing party.

He stayed with her through the night, giving her some of his clothes save her life.