11 Nov 2010

Hillary items gifted to Otago Museum

1:13 pm on 11 November 2010

Otago Museum says it is humbled to receive a gift of several important artefacts representing the life of Sir Edmund Hillary.

The New Zealander gained worldwide fame as the first person, along with climbing companion Tenzing Norgay to scale Mt Everest, the world's highest peak.

Among the 17 gifts given by June, Lady Hillary, are the camera Sir Edmund used to record the historic event and the silk gloves he wore on the May 1953 expedition.

Lady Hillary says her husband always had a special fondness for the Dunedin museum and she is confident the artefacts will be displayed with pride as reminders of Sir Edmund.

Lady Hillary will open the display in the museum's foyer at a function on Thursday evening.

Sir Edmund was 88 when he died of a heart attack in January 2008.