Vale Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

Vale Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Statement From The Premier – Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

Victor P Taffa

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch was undoubtedly one of the most wonderful Victorians of all time.

She was one of the most loved and most loving Victorians.

Her life was devoted to others. She was always unpretentious, charming and caring.

She was a beacon of love and Victoria’s guardian angel.

On behalf of all Victorians, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Murdoch family.

Dame Elisabeth leaves behind an impressive and long lasting legacy through her tireless philanthropic work and her passion for making the world a better place.

Dame Elisabeth passed away yesterday at the age of 103. Dame Elisabeth supported more than 100 charities annually and was dedicated to her work in child health and welfare and the arts.

Dame Elisabeth was a dedicated philanthropist and recipient of many awards, including:

  • Senior Australian of the Year for Victoria (2007);
  • Centenary Medal (2003);
  • Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (1989);
  • Woman of the Year (1977);
  • Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1963.

Dame Elisabeth was also a founder of Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the first woman appointed to the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria (1968), and President of the Royal Children’s Hospital from 1954 to 1965.

Details of a State memorial service to celebrate the life of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch will be announced shortly.

VIC Premier Ted Baillieu

VIC Premier Ted Baillieu