Tributes are being paid to former Victorian governor Sir James Gobbo who has died at the age of 90.
Sir James was the 25th governor of Victoria from 1997 until 2000 under premiers Jeff Kennett and Steve Bracks.
The federal Eduction Minister Alan Tudge said he was saddened to hear of Sir James’ death.
Sir James and Lady Gobbo pictured in 2008.Credit:Cathryn Tremain
“He made an incredible contribution to this nation & was a true gentleman”, he said.
Federal Parliament’s longest-serving MP Kevin Andrews said he was honoured to serve as his associate for two years when he was a justice of the Victorian Supreme Court.
“He was a wonderful mentor and friend,” Mr Andrews tweeted on Sunday night.
Giacomo “James” Gobbo was born in Carlton, Victoria, in 1931 to Italian parents.
“He was a great Australian, always conscious and proud of his Australian heritage,” Mr Andrews said.
Condolences were being offered to Sir James’ wife Shirley and family.
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