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Title:  A new online exhibition, launched this week by Frank Nugent at Belvedere House in Westmeath, explores the history of the 1921 reconnaissance mission to Mount Everest.
Date:  24/09/2021

1921 Expedition to Mount Everest

A new online exhibition, www.everest1921.com, launched this week by Frank Nugent at Belvedere House in Westmeath, explores the history of the 1921 reconnaissance mission to Mount Everest. The mission was led by Charles Howard-Bury, who grew up in Offaly and who lived for many decades in Belvedere House. The 1921 expedition was the first to explore and map Mount Everest. Researched and curated by Ian Kenneally, Historian in Residence for County Westmeath, the exhibition provides the public with an opportunity to follow the journey made by Howard-Bury and his team. It contains a wide selection of photos and maps, many of which are from the Howard-Bury Collection in Mullingar Public Library.

 

Photo caption: Howard-Bury took many photos of Tibet during the 1921 reconnaissance mission, recording stories and facts along the way. This photo shows the Depon [commander/governor] of Tingri Region, his Wife and her Mother. Howard-Bury later described the circumstances behind the photo: 'The Depon here, who was acting as the Governor of the place, was a nice young fellow and very cheery, and later on I got to know him very well and went over to his house and was entertained by him and his wife...I took photographs of the Depon's wife and all their children, and of his mother-in-law, which delighted them immensely; the wife at first was very shy of coming forward, but after many tears and protestations her husband finally induced her to be photographed... The officials, as a rule, have a long ear-ring, 4 or 5 inches long, of turquoises and pearls, suspended from the left ear, while in the right ear they wear a single turquoise of very good quality. Nearly every one carries a rosary, with which their hands are playing about the whole day.' (Marian Keaney/Westmeath Library Services: Howard-Bury Collection)

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