Profile of Sir Edmund Hillary
Hillary’s face is on the front of the New Zealand five-pound note… He was made an honorary citizen of Nepal in 2003… His first wife and their youngest daughter were killed in a plane crash in Nepal in 1975… Hillary’s son Peter is also a climber. Peter reached the summit of Everest in 1990, making them the first father and son to reach the top… News of Hillary’s success reached Britain on 2 June, the day of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II… After his death, Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand called Hillary “the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived.”
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