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Sir Edmund Hillary Archive


In 1953 Hillary captured the world’s imagination by conquering Mount Everest (Sagarmatha सगरमाथा; Zhumulangma 珠穆朗玛) and went on to explore places where no man had been before.

Edmund Hillary KG, ONZ, KBE (1919-2008), renowned New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, environmentalist and philanthropist, bequeathed his personal archive of papers, photographs and documents to Auckland Museum. Hillary’s work with the Sherpas and his enduring legacy in Nepal earned him the title of Surra Sahib (Big of Heart). In 1953 the order of Gorkha Dakshina was conferred on him by the King of Nepal. His stature as a heroic figure continues to grow on the international stage.

Archive Location

Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary and George Lowe. ca. 1954

Hillary family skiing

British Everest Expedition 1953


Catalogue Record

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland