edmund hillary

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Full Name:

  • Edmund Percival Hillary


  • 20 Jul 191911 Jan 2008

Edmund Hillary, climbing with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest – the world’s highest mountain.

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Events In History


Edmund Hillary

  • Edmund Hillary

    The legendary mountaineer, adventurer and philanthropist – whose familiar, craggy face beams out from the $5 note – is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived. His ascent of Mt Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953 brought him worldwide fame – literally overnight.

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  • Page 2 – The early years

    Edmund Hillary's early life included bee-keeping, tramping and involvement in the Radiant Living movement.

  • Page 3 – From Everest to the South Pole

    On 29 May – four days before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – Hillary and the experienced Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt Everest and became

  • Page 4 – The end of the 'big mountain days'

    Through the 1960s and 1970s Ed Hillary’s life followed a familiar pattern of international travel, lecture tours and fund-raising for Sherpa projects, interspersed with

  • Page 5 – Honouring Edmund Hillary

    In 1987 Ed Hillary was among the first 20 people selected as members of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), this country’s highest honour. He has been the recipient of

  • Page 6 – Further information

    Websites and publications about Edmund Hillary

Antarctica and New Zealand

  • Antarctica and New Zealand

    NZ and Antarctica share a long and rich history. From Tuati in 1840 to Edmund Hillary in the 1950s and more recent scientists, Kiwis have explored, examined and endured the frozen continent.

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  • Page 2 – First among men

    New Zealanders were involved in a number of significant Antarctic firsts - notably, the first landing on the continent proper in 1895 and the first overland crossing between

  • Page 3 – Triumph and tragedy

    There is a New Zealand connection to a number of triumphs and tragedies that have occurred in Antarctica.

School of Radiant Living

  • School of Radiant Living

    The School of Radiant Living was a movement active in New Zealand from the late 1930s until the late 1980s. Founder Dr Herbert Sutcliffe taught a holistic philosophy of physical, psychological and spiritual health.

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  • Page 7 - Edmund HillaryOne of the first New Zealand schools of Radiant Living was established in Auckland. Its secretary was Gertrude Hillary who reported progress early in 1939. Her son, Edmund, was an