Monday, May 18, 2009

Hillary fight on at the Museum

A huge and public row has erupted over the boxes of writings, private letters, diaries, and photographs the Sir Edmund Hillary left to the Auckland City Museum.

Hillary's two children Peter and Sarah are contending that a clause in their father's bequest allows them veto rights on the use of material. It state's that no one can publish the material for 20 years without the consent of the children. The museum wants unfettered access to make the collection available online.

The family says they are not trying to take collection, but as it is also a family treasure with lots of family photos and memorabilia, they demand their say as to how it is used.

Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1919 and died in January 2008.

Here is an article from the New Zealand Herald

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