Pauline Gandel AC is an Australian philanthropist. She is known as the "matriarch" of the billionaire Gandel family, who own a number of shopping centres. She began her charity work by running an op shop at Chadstone Shopping Centre for Jewish Museum of Australia and Vision Australia for over a decade, and co-founded Gandel Philanthropy with her husband in 1978. The Australian described her as "a fixture of Melbourne's charity landscape".[1][2]

The Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery at the Melbourne Museum, the Pauline Gandel Women's Imaging Centre at the Royal Women's Hospital and the Pauline Gandel Scholarship at Monash University are named for her. The gallery was funded with a $1 million donation from Gandel personally, the largest donation from an individual in Museum Victoria's history.[3][4][5][6]

She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest possible Australian honour, in January 2019, for "eminent service to the community through humanitarian, philanthropic and fundraising endeavours, to social inclusion, and to Australia-Japan relations".[7] She had previously been awarded Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in 2014, for her efforts to promote "mutual understanding of Japanese culture in Australia through Japanese art and tea ceremony".[8]


  1. ^ "Australia Day 2019 honours: Pauline Gandel urges rich listers to give back". Australian Financial Review. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Pauline Gandel: Always willing to aid others". The Australian. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery". Museums Victoria. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Pauline Gandel Women's Imaging Centre". Royal Women's Hospital. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Child's play". The Age. 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Scholarships lead to bright future". Waverley Leader. 12 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Deakin congratulates 2019 Australia Day Honours recipients". Deakin University. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Take a bow, Pauline, from all of Japan". Herald Sun. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2019.