Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Medals of Sir Edmund Hillary on Display

Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Medals of Sir Edmund Hillary on Display

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22 September 2009

The Reserve Bank Museum is hosting an exhibition of the orders, decorations and medals of the late Sir Edmund Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE.

The exhibition reflects a lifetime of extraordinary achievements that included the first ascent of Mount Everest, the first overland drive to the South Pole, and many projects to benefit the people of the Himalayas.

Acting Governor Grant Spencer said the Reserve Bank Museum was honoured to host the temporary exhibition. "The loan of the medals to the Museum extends the special relationship the Bank has had with Sir Edmund and his family since 1992, when his portrait appeared on the five dollar note."

At the time Sir Edmund was the only living person, other than the Queen, to appear on circulating currency. A large portrait window featuring the five dollar note is one of the main features of the Reserve Bank Museum.

Sir Edmund's achievements and work made him a highly respected and well known name in New Zealand and internationally. …

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