He is the only New Zealander living to appear on a Banknote.
BiographyVery timid during its childhood, it takes refuge in the books and its dreams of a life full with adventures. It is caught passion for the Escalade at the 16 years age during a school voyage to the Mont Ruapehu. It realizes then that its dégingandée and little coordinated framework is in fact stronger and enduring that of his/her companions. During the Second world war he is copilot in the New Zealand air force. After having taken part in an unfruitful New Zealand forwarding aiming at reaching the top of the Everest in 1951, it joined the victorious British team of 1953. It, thereafter, climbed ten other Himalayan tops between 1956 and 1965. It also reached the South pole the January 4th 1958 with trans-Antarctic forwarding of the the Commonwealth (Expédition Fuchs-Hillary).
It lost his wife Louise and his/her Belinda daughter in an air crash to the Nepal and remarié herself later with June Mulgrew. His/her son Peter Hillary is an adventurer, and climbed the Everest twice.
He devoted most of his life to help the Sherpa people with the association Himalayan Trust which he founded. He thus succeeded in building much schools and hospitals in the remote area of the the Himalayas, which is for him its greater realization.
At the time of the fiftieth birthday of the first rise of the Everest, the Nepalese government conferred to him the honorary citizenship during a ceremony with Katmandou. He is the first foreigner to receive this distinction.
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