NELSON: Ed Hillary, humanitarian, adventurer and friend
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Nelson Golf Club, 38 Bolt Road, Tahunanui

SPEAKER: Dr Jim Wilson

Jim studied western philosophy and theology which cured him of any delusion he might have had, that the Christian God was calling him to be a Presbyterian minister.   Accordingly, he went to India to study Indian philosophy and religion obtaining his PHd.  He taught both philosophy and comparative religion for 23 years at Canterbury University.  Through mountaineering Jim was invited on one of Ed Hillary’s early school-building expeditions in Nepal.  He spent the next 45 years helping Ed on these aid projects and also accompanied him on many adventures, including the Indo/New Zealand jet boat expedition up the river Ganga in India.  Jim was one of the jet boat drivers, as seen in the film “Ocean to the Sky”.