(WILLIAM HAROLD AO, OBE)
Born Perth, 30th September 1926 - Died Perth 5th January 2022. Beloved husband of Margaret (dec. 2019) and adored father to his 6 children: Sue, Jock, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Bill and Mimi. Loving grandpa to 16 and great grandfather to 10.
His life as an engineer, entrepreneur and risk-taker and devoted father was wonderful and blessed. A generous and passionate Western Australian who will be terribly missed.
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CLOUGH (William Harold):
My sincere condolences to the Clough family for the passing of Uncle Bill. He will be greatly missed.
Jane McRae and Zoltan
CLOUGH Harold (Hal):
Much loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle to Judy and Les Hollier and family. Someone to look up to who was always there when needed. A generous and caring person who will be greatly missed.
William Harold (Hal):
It is with huge sorrow we say our final farewell to Uncle Hal, an incredible man, mentor and friend. His enthusiasm for life and his willingness to help others knew no bounds. He lived life to its fullest and will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to his family. Karen, Heino, Tim, Matt and Rebecca Kaard.
CLOUGH (WILLIAM HAROLD)
Heartfelt condolences to Jock, Sue, Becky, Libby, Bill and Mimi on the passing of your cherished Dad. Vale Uncle Bill.
Kim McRae, Ross and Kirsty Daniels.
CLOUGH William Harold
HAL With great sadness we say our last goodbyes to Hal beloved uncle, mentor and inspiration to us all. A full life, well lived. Deepest sympathies to the Clough family. His enthusiasm and interest in all things will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. Chris, Julie, Alison and Clair Hollier
Loving patriarch of a great clan. Visionary. Risk taker. Leader. Always the gentleman with a wonderful smile. God speed on your next journey with Margaret and Sue. The Williams family.
CLOUGH (WILLIAM HAROLD)
Farewell to an inspiring man and engineer, who recognised and cultured local talent. Sympathy to family. Dan Cunningham.
Sincere condolences to the Clough family. Hal was a wonderful man and a great mentor to many. His Maker will be proud to welcome him aboard.
Graham and Marlene Stafford
CLOUGH WILLIAM HAROLD A wonderful and charismatic mentor and boss to all who worked for and with him.
My deep sympathy to the Clough family.
My condolences to the Clough family on the sad passing of Harold. May he rest in peace. John Lukey.
CLOUGH HAROLD We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked together for many years. Your support to WA business has been appreciated.
Sincere condolences to the family.
Vince D'Amato and family, Fremantle Steel Group
CLOUGH HAROLD The WA Liberal Party wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the Clough family. Harold Clough AO OBE was a wonderful man, a great Western Australian, and will be greatly missed. We appreciate his steadfast support over many years. Rest in peace Harold.
CLOUGH WILLIAM Our condolences to all of the Clough family, it has been a privilege.
Greg and Pamela Rowe and all at Rowe Group
It was a great pleasure to have known Harold and to have done business with him. A man of honour and integrity and with humour as well. Western Australia has lost one of its finest sons and may his vision and drive remain an inspiration for all those who had the pleasure to have met him. Deepest sympathies to Harold's family and to those who have worked closely with him. Allan Blood.
CLOUGH AO, OBE (HAROLD)
A truly great Australian. So generous in sharing his experience and a mentor to so many. Our love to his family.
CLOUGH HAROLD My condolences to the Clough Families on the sad passing of Harold.
I was privileged to know him as a devoted family man of exceptional character with a unique perspective on a wide range of interests.
I will particularly remember him as a man that enjoyed a challenge but was more excited if the challenge involved innovative thinking and engineering.
Rest In Peace. Terry
CLOUGH HAROLD To one of West Australia's finest sons and contributors. With condolences and love to his sons and daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and family he leaves behind. Gina
CLOUGH WILLIAM An inspirational and highly principled man who championed the values of a good education and the seeking of wisdom. Harold was a very generous mentor to many. How lucky we are to have known such a wonderful human being. Deepest sympathy to the family.
Lyndon and Chris Rowe
CLOUGH HAROLD Deepest sympathy to the Clough family on the sad passing of Harold, a friend and work colleague of many years who will be greatly missed
Albert (dec) and Maureen Scott and family
CLOUGH WILLIAM HAROLD A strong family man who achieved greatness in life and particularly as a brilliant Engineer, Harold founded a company that not only bred excellence but achieved the utmost loyalty from all engineering staff and employees.
Rest in Peace Tony and Pamela Quinlan
CLOUGH HAROLD Farewell to Harold Clough AO. His significant contribution to the development of WA included his pursuit of international commercial relationships in our region, and support for generations of WA engineering students through the Clough Scholarships.
His legacy will continue to strengthen our community for many years.
Deepest sympathies to his family and to all those whose lives he touched.
Madeleine King MP Shadow Minister for Trade Shadow Minister for Resources
Federal Member for Brand
CLOUGH WILLIAM Vale William "Harold" Clough, may you build bridges in heaven forever. A dear friend and business partner for more than 50 years, all originally sealed on a handshake.
Will be sorely missed, condolences to the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Our heartfelt sympathy - Park Family - Yarrimbah
CLOUGH HAROLD We are deeply saddened by the passing of a great man and an awesome boss. We will remember you with great fondness. Our sincere condolences to the family. We are sorry for your loss.
Hayward and Amy Tan Singapore
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF HAROLD CLOUGH
Harold Clough was one of Australia's foremost engineers, visionaries, business leaders and philanthropists, and still today, his principles and vision are instilled in the Clough business from his 49 years at the helm.
Born on 30 September, 1926, Harold was educated at Nedlands Primary School, Claremont Central, Scotch College, the University of Western Australia and the University of California, Berkeley.
Upon leaving school in 1943, Harold worked for a year at AMP as a junior clerk and then applied for and was accepted into the University of Western Australia to study engineering. After three years of civil engineering in 1947, Harold swapped to mechanical engineering and graduated with First Class Honors and a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
After a short period working at CBH and WD Scott Consulting, Harold won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of California in Berkeley, San Francisco.
In 1953, Harold secured a position at Bechtel Corporation in their San Francisco office. He met and then married Margaret McRea in 1954 and the same year came back to Perth and joined his father in Clough Bros. The business consisted of his father, Jack, and one employee Dudley Atwell, and it was involved in building small factories, petrol stations for BP, small office buildings and shops.
In 1955, Clough Bros. secured the National Mutual Life Association office contract, the first major office building completed in Perth after WW2, the city's first high-rise, and a game-changer for Clough. The same year Clough Bros. was renamed J.O. Clough & Son.
In 1956, J.O. Clough & Son won the Narrows Bridge contract with Christiani & Nielson. The Narrows Bridge Project was a landmark in WA history because prior to its award, there were no civil engineering contractors in the whole of Australia. Harold was deputy project manager. Numerous projects were won after that including the Muja Power Station, Ord River Diversion Dam, Durack River Bridge, and part of the Standard Gauge Railway with Perron Bros.
Harold was also deeply involved in the development and opening up of the Pilbara region in the late 1960s, working closely with Lang Hancock and Peter Wright. It was during this time that a long-standing joint venture with Harbourworks (now BAM Clough) started in 1964 with a jetty at Parker Point near Dampier for then Hamersley Iron (Rio Tinto).
Harold was also instrumental in exploring opportunities across Asia in the late 1960s, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan.
The 1970s also saw Harold grow the company into Queensland and open a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. In the 1980s, Harold oversaw the company's move into oil and gas with significant projects being the North Rankin 'A' trunkline, Harriett Oil Field in 1985, and LNG Jetty at the Burrup Peninsula for Woodside.
A significant part of Harold's business acumen was the concept of joint venturing. Harold pioneered this approach when bidding for the Narrows Bridge Project and then applied this to a wide range of projects across all parts of the business and new ventures. His intellect, self-deprecating style, openness to learning and encouragement of talented young engineers were core elements of Clough's success.
To this day many of the joint venture partner engineers that worked with Harold and with the company remember the man, his team and the company with fondness and gratitude.
Harold was passionate about engineering and growing new generations of highly-skilled professionals. He was a firm believer in bringing talented people into his businesses, supporting their learning and growth and giving them the opportunity and authority to take on projects.
In 1972, Harold established the Clough Scholarship program to provide support for young engineers studying at the University of Western Australia. Since that time, the company has awarded over 300 scholarships to engineering students in Australia and overseas
Many Clough scholars have become leaders in business, construction, engineering, and energy companies around Australia and the world.
Harold retired as Managing Director of Clough Limited in 1995 and when Clough listed on ASX in 1998 he became Chairman. At listing, Clough had 21 offices throughout the world, with more than half its work sourced from Asia and a turnover of $600 million for $20 million net earnings. Harold retired as Chairman of Clough in 2003.
Throughout his career, Harold was active in a wide range of business, engineering, trade and political organisations and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1979 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) in 1990.
In addition, he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 1990, the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, from the Institution of Engineers Australia in 1993 and the UWA, ECM Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 among many others.
He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On behalf of the entire Clough organisation, we are incredibly grateful for the legacy Harold built and will continue to serve in his honour.