Thursday, December 06, 2012

Marking the passing of a matriarch


I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything positive about world media mogul Rupert Murdoch. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about his mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Sydney may well have Lady (Mary) Fairfax, another media mogul widow, but she pales into insignificance next to Melbourne's own Dame Elisabeth.

Dame Elisabeth died last night at her beloved Cruden Farm in Langwarrin at the age of 103. While its very easy for a rich person to give the money away to good causes,  putting in time and effort to the causes shows a very basic decency. Dame Elisabeth certainly did that and was involved with over 100 charities and organisations.

I did have a slight brush with Dame Elisabeth back in 2007, http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2007/06/lunching-with-dame-elizabeth.html . Huh, I wasn't even aware Elisabeth could be spelt two ways.

Photo from the Herald Sun, one of her son's many newspapers.

I just remarked to R how rich people seem to often live to be quite old. He retorted, it helps if you don't have to worry about paying the bills. Quite so, but some people are rich and have true class.

22 comments:

  1. Colin9:07 am

    That is sad. Truely a remarkable woman.
    I dare say a State funeral will be held?
    I believe she has really earned one, she was
    a very charitable lady with very good causes that she donated to.
    Pity her son,Rupert, wasn't more like her.

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    1. Colin, I understand it will be a private funeral and a public memorial service. Re Rupert, yes.

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  2. Colin2:17 pm

    Good I note you got rid of the "pest" - Anonymous!
    I had one of these years ago, who somehow managed to get into my e-mails, via FACEBOOK!
    At that stage I had never heard of this "FACEBOOK" thing, he even had photos of my family and friends!
    No amount of "piss off" etc. would deter him, he also pestered some people on my list. Driving all of us up the wall.
    I got a PC expert in and I don't know what he did, but the "pest" was removed, nobody heard from him anymore. So it can be done, similar to stop telemarketers with Telstra.
    They can't stop new calls, but they stop the old ones phoning.
    Worth a try, someone more PC savvy at this might be able to tell you what to do?
    Oh yes, QLD FLAUNT is back, unable to park where she did due to the bollards, however, again in a place where she shouldn't. Has been noted by QR staff, I think a towing away vehicle might be next - ha ha. They now have photos of her from the video cameras.
    The fun continues! I hope I am there when QLD FLAUNT is loaded up and removed - ha ha!

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    1. It is just spam Colin. I don't know why it is getting through, as it is obviously spam and should go straight to the spam folder.

      I guess you will miss seeing her car towed, but check with the Station Master to find out if and when it is done.

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    2. Colin6:50 pm

      Not if I can help it! Fancy missing the removal of "QLD FLAUNT", I will be informed. It will be a case of Clint Eastwood - "Make my Day".

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    3. I will share in your joy.

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  3. It's quite right that so many tributes are being published and broadcast. A comment from ABC Radio today pretty well sums up her life,
    "She described her wealth as a tremendous tool for helping the community, but she gave more than money."

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    1. FC, to give of your time is one of the most expensive things you can do.

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  4. 103 is a good innings indeed i should be so lucky. I reckon nobody would complain about a state funeral for Dame Elisabeth.

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    1. Windsmoke, I am sure nobody would complain, least of all me.

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  5. Martin3:39 pm

    I hope it's not unfair to record that one of the groups of which she was patron was the conservative Australian Family Association that seems to argue things like supporting gay marriage would encourage paedophilia (which it opposes). Otherwise, she seems to have been a very nice person and I generally think well of her though we've never met.

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    1. Martin, I read that later at Mikey Bear's site and wondered if I should edit my post, but I decided not to. I certainly wasn't aware of it. Oh well, nobody is perfect.

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  6. Look at Dame Elisabeth's wonderful eyes, the kindness just shines .
    I agree with R that if you don't have to worry about paying the bills, life is certainly less stressful.

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    1. I think so too River. Many rich people are not nice. She is an exception.

      Bills, do they ever stop arriving? Probably not.

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  7. There needs to be more philanthropists like her in this world

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    1. Cautiously I agree Fen. But not for people's basic welfare which should come from taxes.

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  8. The rich might live to be old but for true immortality die young and preferably spectacularly; eg Diana Spencer, James Dean, Buddy Holly, Kurt Cobain etc.

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    1. Victor, is it too late for us?

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  9. How weird Andrew, just as I clicked on to read you latest posts I'm watching Andrew Denton interviewing Dame Elisabeth, enjoyed it a lot.

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    1. Grace, it was a very good and quite revealing interview.

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  10. About fifteen years ago I conducted a lengthy interview with her and, I admit, "she almost charmed me off my feet". Intelligent, warm, thoughtful.

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    1. James, there does seem to be a consensus that she was charming. It is hard to think of anyone quite like her.

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