Thomas Camperdown Fyfe

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

23 June 1870 at Timaru


1947 at Hastings


Thomas and Jane Fyfe


Mary Peake 1896


Two sons and two daughters


Wai-iti School (Timaru)

Military service

France 1916


  • Started climbing while working on a new wing at the Hermitage Mt Cook. Made first ascents of the Footstool, Mt de La Beche, Mt Darwin, Mt Haidinger and Malte Brun
  • On Christmas Day 1894 with two others made the first ascent of Mt Cook
  • Became a guide and is credited with the founding of alpine guiding in New Zealand
  • Pioneered numerous alpine crossings of the Southern Alps, including Fyfe Pass

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021