The Hon. Harry Herbert shares his captivating history
Yesterday afternoon, Loreto Toorak experienced the delights of a Georgian castle, rode the Wild West with Buffalo Bill, cheered the Queen’s racehorses to victory and felt the chill of a Pharaoh’s curse as Guest Speaker, The Hon. Harry Herbert, thrilled English and Archaeology students with his remarkable personal and family history.
Herbert, second son of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, is the great grandson of George Herbert, financial backer for the search and excavation of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and infamous – alleged – victim of the Pharaoh’s Curse. The students sat enthralled as he related his Great Grandfather’s dogged pursuit of Egyptian history, perishing weeks after the discovery of the tomb from an infected mosquito bite. From the Valley of the Kings, we travelled back to Herbert’s ancestral estate Highclere, recognisable as the stunning location for television series Downton Abbey and home to a storied history that sees Egyptian treasures secreted in forgotten cabinets, 200-year-old cedar trees from Lebanon, travels the wilds of America shoulder to shoulder with Buffalo Bill and shouts from the winners’ circle at Royal Ascot.
We thank the Hon. Harry Herbert for so generously sharing his afternoon and his fabled history with us.