State Memorial Service for Harold Mitchell AC

A State Memorial Service to honour and celebrate the life of Harold Mitchell AC will be held on Monday 13 May at Hamer Hall.

A smiling Harold Mitchell in a white suit and black bowtie

A State Memorial Service to honour and celebrate the life of Harold Mitchell AC will be held at 10:30 am on Monday 13 May at Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

Registrations to attend the memorial, on what would have been his 82nd birthday, are now open.

A pioneer, a visionary and a philanthropist – Mr Mitchell truly embodied the essence of 'Living Large'.

Mr Mitchell's influence in shaping Australia as a media force began at the age of 16, but his service to the community and generosity lasted a lifetime.

Mr Mitchell will be remembered not only for his fierce leadership and professional success, but for his unwavering care as a generous philanthropist and benefactor of the arts, sports, education and health.

As a generous fan of the arts, Mr Mitchell contributed to the Malthouse Theatre, Opera Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Museums Victoria and the New York Philharmonic.

Mr Mitchell was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004, a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010, and was awarded Melbournian of the Year in 2011 and Victorian Australian of the Year in 2013.


Monday 13 May 2024.


Doors open at 9:30 am.
The State Memorial Service will commence at 10:30 am.


Hamer Hall
Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Southbank 3004


Ticket registration is available from 9:00 am Monday 15 April 2024 via the Arts Centre Melbourne website(opens in a new window).


The State Memorial Service will be livestreamed on this page for those unable to attend.

A link to view the livestream will be available closer to the event.


In lieu of flowers at the request of Harold Mitchell’s family, memorial tributes may be made in the form of contributions to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

You can also submit a tribute via the condolence form below.

How to get there

By public transport

If you are taking public transport, the closest train station is Flinders Street. The nearest tram stop is number 14. Hamer Hall is serviced by tram routes: 1; 3; 3a; 5; 6; 16; 64; 67; and 72.

Please check the PTV website for up-to-date information about public transport scheduling on the day.

By car

Parking is available at Arts Centre Melbourne at 4 Sturt Street Southbank. This is a 300-metre walk to Hamer Hall (about four minutes).

More information about parking is available on the Arts Centre Melbourne website.


Hamer Hall has a Hearing Loop available. Devices that allow access to this Loop – neck loops for people with hearing aids, or standard headphones for people without hearing aids – are available free of charge. To borrow one of these devices, please speak to a member of Hamer Hall staff. You will be asked to leave a driver's licence or similar identity card for the duration of the loan.

Closed captions will be available on the live stream of the service.

If you require other accessibility assistance at the venue, please check for more information

Condolences and tributes

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