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Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Death: October 4, 1952 (67)
Langwarrin, VIC, Australia (cancer)
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend Patrick John Murdoch and Anne Murdoch
Husband of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Father of Helen Handbury; Rupert Murdoch; Anne Kantor and <private> Calvert-Jones (Murdoch)
Brother of Frank Gardiner Murdoch

Occupation: Journalist, Newspaper Proprietor
Managed by: Ofir Friedman
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About Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch

Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch was an Australian journalist and the father of Rupert Murdoch, the CEO and Chairman of News Corp.

Murdoch was born in Melbourne in 1885, the son of Annie (née Brown) and the Rev. Patrick John Murdoch, who had married in 1882 and migrated from Cruden, Scotland to Victoria, Australia with Patrick's family in 1884. His paternal grandfather was a minister with the Free Church of Scotland, and his maternal grandfather was a Presbyterian minister. The family moved from West Melbourne to the affluent suburb of Camberwell in 1887. Keith was educated at his uncle Walter's short-lived school, then at Camberwell Grammar School, where he became dux in 1903, despite extreme shyness and stammering. He decided not to go straight to university but to try a career in journalism, so family friend David Syme of The Age agreed to employ him as district correspondent for nearby Malvern. Over the next four years, working long hours, he managed to create a significant increase in The Age's local circulation, to earn promotion, and to save enough money for a ticket to England, where he hoped to gain further experience and find ways to master his stammer.

From 1908–9, in London, he took speech therapy, studied part-time at the London School of Economics, and tried to find employment as a journalist, with the help of recommendations from more family friends, including Australia's Prime Minister Alfred Deakin. The stammer reduced, but remained a problem, and shortly after it cost him a job with the Pall Mall Gazette in September 1909, Murdoch returned home to resume work for The Age, now as parliamentary reporter, in which capacity he strengthened the family's relationships with politicians such as Andrew Fisher, in some cases entertaining them at his aunt's country guest house.

Born Keith Arthur Murdoch 12 August 1885 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Died 4 October 1952 (aged 67) Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia

Nationality Australian

Occupation Journalist

Spouse(s) Elisabeth Greene (m. 1928-1952)


  • Helen Handbury (deceased)
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Anne Kantor
  • Janet Calvert-Jones
  • Parents Patrick Murdoch
  • Annie (née Brown)


  • Elisabeth Murdoch (granddaughter)
  • Lachlan Murdoch (grandson)
  • James Murdoch (grandson)
  • Wendi Deng (daughter-in-law)
  • Matthew Freud (grandson-in-law)
  • Sarah Murdoch (granddaughter-in-law)
  • Sir Walter Murdoch (uncle)


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Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch's Timeline

August 14, 1885
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
April 9, 1929
Age 43
March 11, 1931
Age 45
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Age 50
October 4, 1952
Age 67
Langwarrin, VIC, Australia