Cleary Bros has had a significant presence on the New South Wales South Coast for over 100 years, since it was established in 1916 as a business in transport and timber-getting by ‘John’ Joseph Cleary (known as Jack) and his two brothers.
Under Jack’s leadership, Cleary Bros (Bombo) Pty Ltd, as it was known, evolved to offer project management and services to the construction industry. Following Jack’s passing in 1958 his four children, John, Jill, Denis and Brian took over the reins and continued to drive its growth.
Today Cleary Bros is overseen by Denis as its Chairman. Many third and fourth generation family members remain involved in the business at various levels. Despite being a major player in the construction industry, Cleary Bros maintains its family values approach, delivering quality service to every client.
Cleary Bros is proud of its history in the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW. Its founders, the Cleary Family, have a strong commitment to giving back to the community and ensuring their company’s legacy lives on.
Visitors and community groups are regularly welcomed to the Cleary Bros private museum at Port Kembla where significant quarrying, earth moving and construction machinery from the past have been lovingly restored and housed.
As well as investing in its own museum, the Cleary family has made significant contributions to other historical associations in the region, including the Historical Aircraft Restoration Museum, the Illawarra Motoring Museum, the Illawarra Light Rail Museum and the Illawarra Live Steamers.
Cleary Bros is committed to supporting charities and sporting groups and for many years has been a strong supporter of local rugby league.