Cyril Golding from Golding Contractors.
Cyril Golding from Golding Contractors. The Observer Archives

Mr Gladstone in hall of fame

HE is known as Mr Gladstone.

Now Cyril Golding's legacy in our region is immortalised in the Queensland Business Hall of fame.

When he first started his business in 1942, he had no idea he was creating Gladstone history.

Rising from the ranks, his mining and construction company, which he started in 1942, grew to be the one of the largest privately owned earthmoving fleets in the Southern Hemisphere.

Under Cyril's leadership Golding Contractors played prominent and major role in constructing the economic development of not only Gladstone but also Queensland.

Yet at 92-years-old our home-town hero is most remembered for his contributions to the community.

In the past he has contributed financially to a wide range of charitable causes, including the Red Cross emergency accommodation facilities, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, and the Central Queensland University Library, which carries his name.

Last night, his life-time of achievements was acknowledged and recognised once again when he was inducted into the Queensland Business Hall of Fame.

Some 34 great Queenslanders are now recorded into the Hall of Fame.

It was established in 2009 by QUT Business School, the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation to recognise the contribution business makes to the sunshine state.

QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships) Professor Peter Little described Cyril as an innovator who had not only helped make Gladstone the thriving city it is today but a man who had national economic impact and whose legacy would forever be felt in the earthmoving industry.

""Cyril Golding belongs to that most esteemed category of businessmen, a self-made man." Professor Little said.

"Golding Contractors was involved in nearly every significant project undertaken in the central Queensland region and many beyond."

 


 



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