Elisabeth Murdoch

Australian philanthropist and mother of international media proprietor Rupert Murdoch (1909-2012)

Dame Elisabeth Joy Murdoch (née Elisabeth Joy Greene, 8 February 1909 – 5 December 2012) was an Australian philanthropist.[1] She was the widow of Keith Murdoch and the mother of Rupert Murdoch.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, opening a drug rehabilitation centre in Melbourne, May 2005
Elisabeth Joy Greene

(1909-02-08)8 February 1909
Died5 December 2012(2012-12-05) (aged 103)
Spouse(s)Sir Keith Murdoch
(m. 1928–1952, his death)
ChildrenHelen Handbury (deceased)
Rupert Murdoch
Anne Kantor
Janet Calvert-Jones
Parent(s)Rupert Greene
Marie Grace De Lancey Forth

She became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1963 for her charity work in Australia and overseas.

Murdoch was born on 8 February 1909 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She studied at St Catherine's School and at the Clyde School.

Murdoch was married to Keith Murdoch from 1928 until his death in 1952. They had four children, the eldest of whom died before her. Murdoch died on 5 December 2012 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from natural causes, aged 103.[2][3]


  1. Dame Elisabeth passes away at 103, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 December 2012.
  2. "Rupert Murdoch's mother dies at 103". 3 News NZ. 6 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. Skye News

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