Lewis shops, factories, branches and agencies

Gradually we are unravelling the mystery of the various Lewis premises: not just Adelaide addresses, but also the country branches. To get an overview, I am keeping a table listing Lewis addresses and dates that I come across. I've now trawled through most of the contemporary business directories, maps and records, but there are still a couple of addresses that continue to eluded me.

In terms of manufacture and the motor trade, the key early addresses were the showroom and bicycle factory in Freeman St (later renamed Gawler Place) and the early workshop in McHenry St. These buildings were quite close together and can be thought of as "the northern block" for Lewis operations. From 1905 there was a shift of emphasis a few hundred metres south to Victoria Square, Molton Street and from 1910 Gawler Place South. Again these building form a cluster: "the southern block". The majority of the photos in the Lewis Album were taken at Freeman Street, in the early workshop in McHenry St and in the Moolton Street factory which was situated across the back lane behind the Motor House in Victoria Square.

In country South Australia, the Lewis Cycle and Motor Works had branches in most of the major centres, which no-doubt provided a mix of services appropriate for the areas they covered. The locations that we know of so far are:


Lewis offices Adelaide, Grenfell Street
Vivian Lewis offices
1890 - 1905

Lewis Cycle Works, Gawler Place, Adelaide

Adelaide, Freeman Street
(later renamed Gawler Place)
The Lewis Cycle Works
The Lewis Cycle Depot
1893 - 1956
McHenry St workshop Adelaide, McHenry Street
Lewis Cycle Works factory
1896 - 1910

Lewis Motor House, Victoria Square, Adelaide

Adelaide, Victoria Square
The Motor House
Lewis Cycle and Motor Works

1904 - 1911
White garage Adelaide, Molton Street
Lewis Cycle and Motor Works factory
1904 - 1910
Lewi Motor House, Gawler Place South, Adelaide Adelaide, Gawler Place South
The Lewis Motor House
1910 - 1925
Waymouth St Adelaide, Waymouth Street
Vivian Lewis Limited
Vivian Lewis Motors, Franklin Steet, Adelaide Adelaide, Franklin Street
Vivian Lewis Motors
Adelaide, Gouger Street
Lewis Cycle Works Limited
Lewis Cycle Works Pty Ltd
1956 - 1975
Adelaide, micellaneous locations


Lewis Cycle and Motor Works, Broken Hill Broken Hill (N.S.W.)
Lewis Cycle and Motor Works
1897 -
Vivian Lewis Limited, Burra Burra
Vivian Lewis Ltd
Cycles and motors
Lewis Motor House, Clare Clare
Vivian Lewis Ltd.
Lewis Motor House
Cycle Works
Lewis Cycle and Motor Works, Kadina Kadina
Lewis Motor Garage
Lewis Cycle and Motor Works
1905 - 1924
Mt. Gambier
Port Pirie
Vivian Lewis Limited, Unley Unley
Vivian Lewis Limited

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