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Macmillan Art Publishing: No Other Man, No Other Store

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones always wanted to be an artist and, in his youth, studied painting for six and a half years, first at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and then at the Slade in London. As grandson of the founder of David Jones Ltd., he eventually returned from London to play many important roles in the firm – firstly by revolutionising its advertising and later as Chairman of the Board for almost 40 years until his death in 1958.

The following are edited extracts and images from No Other Man, No Other Store.

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In 1958, CL would tell journalist Desmond Robinson, ‘At the time I was still at school and the question arose about whether I should remain there and try to matriculate or enter the family business and learn how to become an honest linen draper.’ Neither option appealed for him, but faced with the choice of one or the other, CL decided to return to school and have another go at the Junior Certificate examination. Neither he nor the headmaster thought he had any chance of success. ‘He hasn’t a ghost of a chance,’ Sly told his parents bluntly.

Charles Lloyd Jones at about 5 years of age; Family photograph, c. late 1880s

Charles Lloyd Jones at about 5 years of age; Family photograph, c. late 1880s

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CL’s passion for painting was not forgotten and, reconnecting with his friends from his days at Ashton’s Sydney Art School, he joined the Society of Artists, where membership was restricted to professional artists of five years’ standing. His works were now included in the Society’s annual exhibitions alongside those of Elioth Gruner, Syd Long, Tom Roberts, Julian and Howard Ashton, Arthur Streeton and Thea Proctor.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, Nocturne, c. late 1890s-1900s; St Kilda Pier, 1898

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, Nocturne, c. late 1890s-1900s; St Kilda Pier, 1898

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CL was always confident that the corner of Market and Elizabeth Streets was the ideal position for a new David Jones store, but others doubted his wisdom. ‘I well remember sitting in my office in George Street and listening to the gloomy comments of friends who called in to see me. “Charles”, they would say, “surely you are not going to take this old company up to Castlereagh Street and leave the site you have occupied for so long and successfully?” And I would reply: “Yes, that’s what we have determined to do.” Where-upon most would tell me what a blazing fool I was.

David Jones' Mail-Order Catalogue for 1923; The Elizabeth Street store celebrates the Royal Visit, 1954

David Jones’ Mail-Order Catalogue for 1923; The Elizabeth Street store celebrates the Royal Visit, 1954

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It was the biggest funeral Sydney had ever seen. Not since cricket legend Victor Trumper’s untimely death in 1915 had there been such a public outpouring of grief. On that bleak winter’s day of 1 August 1958, 150,000 men, women and children crammed the streets and brought the city to a standstill as the cortège carried the body of 80 year-old Sir Charles Lloyd Jones from St Andrew’s Cathedral along George Street to Market and Elizabeth Streets, past the two David Jones’ stores his grandfather had founded, across the Harbour Bridge and then on to the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

Thousands lined Sydney streets to witness CL's funeral procession from St Andrew's Cathedral, 1 August 1958; Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, Chairman of David Jones Ltd. from 13 October 1920 to 30 July 1958

Thousands lined Sydney streets to witness CL’s funeral procession from St Andrew’s Cathedral, 1 August 1958; Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, Chairman of David Jones Ltd. from 13 October 1920 to 30 July 1958

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2013 marks the 175th anniversary of David Jones Ltd., the oldest continuously operating department store in the world still trading under its original name. Published to mark the occasion and celebrate the life of a key figure in the company’s history comes No Other Man, No Other Store; The Extraordinary Life of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones – Painter, Patron and Patriot, 1878-1958Find the book here, and buy at your local bookshop.

Amanda Djojonegoro

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Amanda Djojonegoro
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