DAME Elisabeth Murdoch has died, aged 103.
She passed away peacefully at her home Cruden Farm in Langwarrin.
The renowned community leader, charity worker, philanthropist and matriach of Australia's greatest media family will be mourned by countless thousands of Australians whose lives she has touched.
She was the wife of Sir Keith Murdoch and mother of four children, including Rupert Murdoch.
Dame Elisabeth leaves behind three surviving children - Rupert, Anne Kantor and Janet Calvert-Jones.
Her eldest daughter, Helen Handbury, died in 2004.
She is also survived by 77 living direct descendants, including five great-great grandchildren as well as other members of her large extended family.
She said it was the most important thing in life and the most rewarding.
"Be optimistic - and always think of other people before yourself," she said in an interview to mark her 100th birthday.
Born on February 8, 1909, in Melbourne, she went to school at St Catherine’s in Toorak before being sent to board at Clyde at Mt Macedon.
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