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Sir Edmund (Ed) Percival Hillary KG, ONZ, KBE
(20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008)

This page has been created to pay homage to the New Zealand Alpine Club’s most famous member, Sir Ed Hillary. A Life Member and Past President, his passing on Friday 11th January 2008 was deeply felt by all the Club’s members and throughout New Zealand.

Historical Information on Sir Edmund Hillary

Following please find links to information on Sir Ed’s life and tributes from his passing. Please click on the highlighted links.

Official NZAC Tribute (PDF, 52KB) by David Ellis

A Tribute (PDF, 10KB) by Robert A Bruce

A Timeline (PDF, 57KB) of Sir Ed’s life

List of books written by the Hillary family, with notes on those held for member’s use in the NZAC National Reference Library- Sir Ed, Lady Louise and Peter Hillary Books (PDF, 7KB)

Sir Edmund and Lady June Hillary opening the New Zealand Alpine Club’s new Home of Mountaineering on Sunday, August 6th, 2006 – Opening Ceremony

The Adventure World of Sir Edmund Hillary – The Kaipo Wall 1974 (Film – NZ On Screen)

Should you wish to make a donation to one of Sir Ed’s worthy causes, the following has been recommended to the New Zeland Alpine Club by his son Peter Hillary. Click here: Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Fund


At the conclusion of Sir Ed’s term as President of the New Zealand Alpine Club in 1967, he wrote the following in his message of thanks to the Club’s members. A message as important today, as it was then.

…..To retain its vitality the Club must actively encourage the spirit of adventure amongst its members – persuade them according to their capabilities to seek out new routes, new peaks, new places to explore; support them wholeheartedly in overseas expeditions; devote time and effort to improving their skills and their techniques. There are still many unclimbed peaks in the Himalayas, the Antarctic and South America waiting for the resourceful and the enthusiastic. Since the ascent of Everest in 1953 world-mountaineering has taken a giant leap forward. The same progress will probably happen in the next 15 years and the Club can help ensure that its members make as useful a contribution to world mountaineering in the future as they have done in the past.
E P Hillary

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