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Dick Dusseldorp

Gerardus Jozef Dusseldorp AO (2 December 1918 – 22 April 2000) was a Dutch engineer and the founder of Civil and Civic, the financing arm of which later emerged as Lend Lease Corporation, one of Australia's largest companies.


Born in [3] In Summer 1944 he escaped and returned again to the Netherlands.[3]

In 1945 he and his brother Hank secured jobs at Bredero's Bouwbedrijf, a Dutch housebuilder established in the 1870s.[4] By 1947 he had been promoted to Construction Manager.[4] In March 1951 Bredero's sent him to Australia to seek out business opportunities: there he established Civil and Civic, the success of which was based on the principle that the designer should be employed by the contractor rather than the other way round.[5] In 1957 he secured the contract to build the podium for the Sydney Opera House and, having established his reputation, built the business into an international concern.[6] He went on to establish a financing arm for Civil and Civic; this emerged as Lend Lease Corporation of which he was Chairman for many years.[7]

He eventually retired from the business in 1988 and in retirement became a significant [9] He died in April 2000.[10]


On Australia Day 1988 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.[11]


He was married to Anne and together they went on to have several children.[3]


Dusseldorp was the founder of two [12]


  1. ^ Clark, L. Page 18
  2. ^ Clark, L. Page 19
  3. ^ a b c d e Clark, L. Page 22
  4. ^ a b Clark, L. Page 24
  5. ^ Clark, L. Page 30
  6. ^ Clark, L. Page 31
  7. ^ Stuart Hornery's illustrious career was shaped by his mentor Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2008
  8. ^ Rise and shine Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October 2004
  9. ^ Dusseldorp Skills Forum
  10. ^ Lend Lease: Death of our Founder
  11. ^ It's an Honour
  12. ^ Heritage Study: The Sydney Suburb of Middlecove 2068

Further reading

  • Finding a common interest - The story of Dick Dusseldorp and Lend Lease By Lindie Clark, Cambridge University Press, 2002 ISBN 978-0-521-82531-3
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