83-year-old reveals secret about Sir Edmund Hillary's trans-antarctic expedition

Music 14/09/2016
If you were the first New Zealander to visit the South Pole you'd be shouting it from the rooftops, wouldn't you?

Well, not 83 year-old Bill Cranfield.

It turns out Mr Cranfield and two other Kiwis were the first to raise a flag at the pole in December 1957 - a fortnight before Sir Edmund Hillary and his tractors rolled in.

Mr Cranfield was a member of Sir Ed's trans-Antarctic expedition but it wasn't the 'done thing' to steal the explorer's thunder, so he hasn't spoken about that first flying visit until now.

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