Alf Morley's Incredible Story as told to Peter A Blood

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A few of Alfie’s character-building playmates who feature in his stories...

Stephen Bradley Kidnapper

Jim McNeill
Jail Playwright

John Andrew Stuart

Darcy Dugan
Armed Robber

Joe Meissner

“Chow” Hayes

Lancelot McGregor Saidler
Standover Man

Ernie Goode
Wine Bar Owner

Excerpt from The Book:

Sometime in 1967, on one of the rare occasions when I was out of jail as a young man, it happened that I met John Frederick Hayes. He was a man who was very interesting, very dangerous and very funny! We were on an adjacent table to Hayes’ party at a Sydney night club. He was in the company of three other men, one of whom I knew slightly. He was pleasant enough on the night, and spoke to me on several occasions, even though he didn't know me. I surely knew him, or rather, of him, and had done for pretty well most of my life.

He was receiving royal treatment from both the management and the three people in his company at the time. This was obviously extended to him out of fear. They all felt it best, in order to avoid trouble, to pamper to Mr Hayes, simply to avoid the consequences of upsetting him.

This was understandable enough. The same man was better known as "Chow” Hayes, and there are still quite a few people around who could not help but shudder at the memories the name evokes for them. Memories of a very violent man who killed in a flash if he felt he had been crossed. Chow Hayes was one of Australia's most feared gunmen, and he truly deserved his reputation.

We all had an agreeable enough evening, and it concluded without incident.

Not long before I was to be released from Parramatta in 1971, I met Chow once more. By this time, I guess he must have been around sixty years of age. I was pretty well known in the jail community by then because of my escape and various of my other activities. I had made a bit of a name for myself. It was interesting that, because of this, Chow treated me as more of an equal than he did at the night-club. I found it amusing that he didn't remember me at all from our previous meeting. We hit it off really well in jail. He spoke in depth with me over many hours, recalling memories from his childhood, along with many of his violent exploits. His 'adventures', as he called them.

The majority of his stories revolved around his childhood and his youth. He spent what I thought was an excessive part of his conversation nostalgically recalling the very young Chow Hayes. I was brought to wonder at the deeply held resentments in this man.

Links to more information about Chow Hayes

ABC radio interview with Chow:

Neddy Smith Murderer, etc...

Book Presentation

The young Chow Hayes

CHARACTERS & CAPERS - The Life and Times of Alf Morley - The Book

Character: John Frederick “Chow” Hayes
Stand Over Man and Murderer

Book Presentation Book Presentation Stephen Bradlley Neddy Smith Jim McNeill Ernie Good John Andrew Stuart Darcy Dugan Joe Meissner Chow Hayes Lancelot McGregor Saidler