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Artwork by Belle, aged 8
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
— Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary

1919 - 2008

Mountaineer, explorer, philanthropist

Edmund Hillary was the first person (alongside with Tenzing Norgay) to climb Mount Everest - the tallest mountain in the world!

Edmund was a New Zealander who grew up south of Auckland on a farm. He was the second of three kids. Edmund attended a local school and in his free time helped his dad keep bees.

Edmund always dreamed of adventure. Edmund climbed his first major mountain at the age of twenty, but he climbed a lot more mountains during his life. He is most famous for his climb to the top of Everest, but he did a lot more exploring. In 1958 Edmund traveled to the South Pole. He and his mates were the third people to reach there, and the first with motor vehicles.

Edmund was knighted by the Queen of England, so we know him as Sir Edmund Hillary.

Artwork by Belle, aged 8

Biography by Lola, aged 9 and Ava, aged 11