John Gough (5.08.2015)

Written on the 13 August 2015

John Gough

5 August 2015




Members statements  GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


I would like to acknowledge the passing of a great Victorian and a great Australian. John Bernard Gough, AO, OBE, died on 24 July.

At the outset I would like to pass on my condolences to his family, Rosemary, Sarah, Stewart and Anna, and their wider families.

John's exceptional service to industry and philanthropy, his foresight in forging relationships in new markets across Asia and the love and commitment he gave to his family were all highlighted in a number of eulogies that were given at his service last Friday.

What was so apparent in the eulogies delivered by Philip Brass and Charles Goode, AC, was John's extraordinary contribution to the many iconic Australian companies he served. John was described as an industrialist, a gentleman and a man who had tremendous gravitas and who inspired respect from those he worked with directly and from those within government, including those from both sides of the political divide.

In the short time I have today I cannot possible pay tribute to the many contributions he made across so many areas.

The list of companies with which John had involvement is too long to list, but I will list some of the companies he gave his time, wisdom, experience and belief to.

He was chair of Pacific Dunlop, the ANZ and the Melbourne Business School. He was a governor of the Ian Potter Foundation and served in various capacities on the boards of BHP, ICI Australia, Amcor, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Australia Japan business forum and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The PRESIDENT Order! The member's time has expired.

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