Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 23, 2013 22:17:34 GMT 10
Manufacturer: Fred Whitburn Wanda Avenue, Findon, SA The following photo of a Lessur Van caravan appeared in an advertisement for the Caravan Centre in the 1958 edition of Winser (see full advertisement here).
(Source: Keith Winser, Australian Caravan and Touring Manual, Book 10, 1958, p 99)
And this entry appeared in the 1958 Adelaide Pink Pages directory:
(Source: Adelaide Pink Pages, 1958, p 22)
A similar advert for Lessur Van also appeared in the 1959 but not the 1960 Pink Pages.
Thanks to Raym for providing this information to be posted.
my grandfather fred whitburn built these vans up to 1964 when he left Adelaide in one of his vans with his wife to tour around Australia he got as far as the gold coast where he settled down . most of the vans went to Melbourne to be sold . the name of the van was his youngest son's name spelt backwards russel.
Post by Don Ricardo on Mar 12, 2017 16:25:17 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum, and thank you so much for telling us a bit about Fred Whitburn and the Lessur vans he built. It is fabulous when family members come on to the forum and tell us about their grandfather (in your case) or other family members who were involved in the caravan industry in the vintage era (ie before 1970).
Anything you can tell us that will help fill out the picture of your grandfather's activities will be very valuable, because as you have seen, at this stage we know very little about Lessur Vans. Do you know when your grandfather started building vans, and how he got involved in the industry, for example?