Australia's arts community is mourning the loss of one of its greatest supporters, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who has passed away at the age of 103.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has paid tribute to Dame Elisabeth's great commitment to the arts, saying Australia had lost an "amazing" woman.
"Dame Elisabeth was the first woman trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, chair of the committee which established the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, trustee of the regional McClelland Gallery and a benefactor to many including the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Bell Theatre Company," Ms Gillard said.
NGV director Tony Ellwood also paid tribute to Dame Elisabeth, one of the gallery's most generous donors.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a remarkable and inspiring woman," Mr Ellwood said.
"Dame Elisabeth has been a great supporter of the NGV over the years; she has been one of our most generous and consistent donors and was one of the first to make a major contribution to the redevelopment of the NGV building in 2000.
"She was also the first ever female trustee at the NGV and started the NGV's first members group. Above all, she was a true friend to the NGV and lover of the arts. She will be missed."
Arts Centre Melbourne chief executive Judith Isherwood said Dame Elisabeth had been a generous supporter of the venue for 15 years.
"Her boundless passion for the arts and her determination to make a difference was felt by everyone who met her and she will be remembered with admiration and a great deal of fondness as one of Australia's greatest arts champions," Ms Isherwood said.
"Dame Elisabeth will be sadly missed by not only all of us at Arts Centre Melbourne, but by the entire arts community. She was a dedicated, generous and passionate patron of the arts who was to be seen continuing her enjoyment until very recently. There are many, many people whose lives have been touched by this remarkable woman. We may never see her like again."