Lindley Crease was born on March 13, 1867 in New Westminster, British Columbia to Sir Henry Pering Pellew Crease and Lady Sarah (Lindley) Crease. He was educated at Haileybury Public School in England, and following in the footsteps of his father, a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, he studied law and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1890. He practiced with Crease, Harman & Company, and later founded the law firm of Crease and Crease, barristers of Victoria and was its senior member until his death. As a lawyer he had a wide reputation and was noted for his probity and human kindness.
The Crease Family was prominent socially, and their house, Pentrelew, was a centre for Victoria society. Three of the Sir Henry Crease's children, Lindley and two of his older sisters Susan and Josephine, never married and lived at Pentrelew until their deaths.
Lindley Crease took an active interest in Church affairs and was Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of the Province of British Columbia. He was also associated with politics and held the position of President of the Conservative Association of Victoria, and at one time, the Vice Presidency of the Provincial organization. Among other distinctions, he was President of the Vancouver Island branch of the League of Nations and belonged to the Masonic Order.
Crease was a devoted lover of the mountain wilderness and derived much enjoyment from his attendance of the Alpine Club of Canada annual camps in the Canadian Rockies. Although he only made a few minor climbs at these camps, he was chiefly interested in obtaining suitable vantage spots to view the great range and revel in vistas of towering snow-clad peaks, shining ice-fields and tumbling glaciers. However, his foremost joy these camps provided was the opportunity for sketching and painting, a talent passed down from his mother.
It was during his attendance at the 1921 ACC camp at Lake O'Hara that he was elected to Active membership in the Alpine Club of Canada. The last camp he attended was at Chrome Lake in the Tonquin Valley in 1934. He had hoped to attend the Mount Fryatt camp of 1936 and the Yoho Valley reunion camp of 1937, but illness prevented. On Vancouver Island he climbed Mount Arrowsmith with the Victoria Section of the ACC on July 26, 1926, with Colonel Greer, Colonel Henry Richmond Gale, Ethne M. Gale, Peggy Hodgins, Captain Horace (Rusty) Westmorland and others, and three days later climbed Mount Baker in Washington State with Colonel William Foster (ACC President 1920-24), Doctor Fred C. Bell (ACC President 1926-28), Judge Brown (Bellingham) and a guide by the name of Cochrane in a snow storm. In 1928 he climbed on the Forbidden Plateau and went on an all day expedition to Shields Lake near Sooke, led by the Victoria Section President Claude Harrison. Harrison donated the land to the club and a cabin was built on the site and used for many years by ACC members.
Lindley Crease, K.C., died at his home in Victoria on February 16, 1940, after a long illness at the age of seventy-two.
"Mountain Climbing Proves Attractive." Daily Colonist, Sunday Magazine [Victoria, BC](August 8, 1922) p. 1.
"Scale Virgin Peak on Plateau." Comox Argus. [Comox, B.C.] (July 26, 1928.)