Story: Davidson, Mavis Melville

The first all-woman ascent of Aoraki/Mount Cook

Three women, holding ropes and ice-axes, climbing up a snowy alpine ridge.

Mavis Davidson (right), with Sheila MacMurray (left) and Doreen Pickens (centre), near the summit of Aoraki/Mount Cook during the first all-women ascent on 6 January 1953.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: Ashley Cunningham papers, New Zealand Alpine Club Collection. MS-1164-2/025/04/001

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How to cite this page:

Rebekah White. 'Davidson, Mavis Melville', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2022. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)