In 1930, the business was purchased by HB Crosby, who was a businessman & MP, serving 16 years in SA Parliament.
He died in 1949 and the store was managed by his son Alan. For more information on HB Crosby, click here.
Keeping the past alive
Our timeless & elegant clothing and superb customer service
A few years as a furniture shop followed by several years of being vacant.
The buildings retain their original features of angled security mirrors, pressed panels, pressed ceilings, cast iron supports, skylight roof, wooden floors and cellar (with graffiti dating from 1914).
Of real interest to anyone walking in for the first time is the Flying Fox system, which carried cash from the counters to the main office, while clients waited for their change.
If you have never been into Lesley’s or the HB Crosby/Essex House building, please come and visit.
It’s a fascinating step back to another era where old fashioned customer service is proudly provided.