Our Trust was proud to offer the first opportunity for the public to visit Hillary House on Saturday 6 October as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival 2018. As the former home of Sir Edmund Hillary from 1956 until 2008, the House is now a place of heritage.
After six years of fundraising by our Trust it was moved from its original site in Remuera to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara. It was opened as a Leadership Centre in May 2014.
With a Festival focus upon ‘our heritage-our people’, having Sir Ed’s daughter Sarah share her memories of growing up in the House added a special perspective for our 40 plus visitors. They also enjoyed a tour of the House, along with being the first to see an exhibition of storyboards reflecting the House in earlier times, family memories and some of Sir Ed’s expeditions. At more than a metre, these displays look wonderful throughout the House.
Our visitors came from a wide variety of backgrounds - climbing, heritage, local body, previous involvement with the Hillary family and people of all ages who were very interested to learn more about Sir Ed’s life.
We appreciated having several Hillary Helpers managing the event on the day, with assistance also received from members of Rotary Downtown.