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

Neddy Smith Jim McNeill

Jim McNeill
Jail Playwright

John Andrew Stuart

John Andrew Stuart

Darcy Dugan

Darcy Dugan

Joe Meissner

Joe Meissner

 Excerpt from Characters & Capers:

Two blokes, each well known for their violent ways, got together and decided to take over John Stuart’s old role at Long Bay, but at Parramatta jail. It was a bit poetic I suppose, that one of them was Billy Harrison, the bloke who’d brought Stuart’s reign to a halt so violently some years before.

The other was Neddy Smith, a fellow who went on to become rather infamous for his connection to corrupt New South Wales policeman Roger Rogerson. One after another the ‘tough guys’ at Parramatta found themselves facing Harrison or Smith on fighting ground. Neither lost a fight on their way to the top. Everyone knew these guys were tough anyway, so there seemed to be no real purpose behind their actions, perhaps other than to show off, or exercise their bloodlust.

I’d always got along well with Harrison and I couldn’t remember an occasion when I saw him turn on a friend or acquaintance. He changed alarmingly when he and Neddy Smith got together.

I was standing waiting for a muster one day, talking to Tom Farrell, a guy I knew well. We turned at the sound of loud voices at the yard gate. A yard screw rushed to the gate to open it. Two other screws came through the gate towards us, supporting a prisoner between them. It was obvious the crim could not walk without help. He was covered in blood from numerous cuts and abrasions around his face and forehead. I asked someone what had happened to him. I was told that the bloke had just been flogged by Smith and Harrison.

I was exasperated and really puzzled by their actions. I said out loud to Tom Farrell: “Who the fuck do Smith and Harrison think they are?” My words were not a challenge in any way, but an exclamation of frustration. I could not really understand the point of their actions. My words were to buy me a shitload of problems. Tom Farrell thought he might get into the good books with Smith and Harrison by repeating my comments to them.

A couple of days later, I was heading over to the jail hospital to talk to my friend Jim McNeill. As I passed by the end of the metal-shop in the centre of the jail, I looked up ahead of me toward the exercise yard. I saw Billy Harrison in one corner of the yard, shadow-boxing, as though he was warming-up for a fight. I shook my head, knowing that some poor bastard was in line for a hiding. “Why the hell does he bother?” I wondered.

As I strolled into the yard, Neddy Smith appeared out of nowhere in front of me, with a nasty look on his face. He got within two feet of me and said, “You weren't even on our list, but you couldn’t keep your big mouth shut, could you? Well, Farrell told us what you had to say, and I’d be the one fighting you if it wasn’t for this!” He lifted up his right hand which was bandaged from above the wrist to down past his knuckles. He probably hurt it breaking someone’s jaw. He went on, “Think yourself lucky. You can fight Billy instead of me!” The whole situation hit me like a brick between the eyes.

The realisation that he was serious made me nervous enough, but then Billy Harrison arrived from his warm-up and was immediately in my face! He even wore a mouthguard, which made him look even more menacing. He was determined to get on with the business of beating my brains out!

Things were not looking good for me. I tried to tell Billy that I had no wish to fight him, but he wasn’t interested. He threw a wicked right hand punch at my face to start proceedings. By some fluke, I managed to move my head to one side. The punch grazed my ear. I grabbed him in a bear hug and held on for dear life, wondering frantically how I might get out of this situation without too much damage. “

Links to Neddy Smith and his life:

Bernie Matthews also writes of this incident

Neddy Smith, at 6’ 6” and  around 18 stone, was an intimidating man.

Chow Hayes

“Chow” Hayes

Lancelot McGregor Saidler

Lancelot McGregor Saidler

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Ernie Goode
Wine Bar Owner

Ernie Good

Neddy Smith Murderer, etc...

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

Character: Neddy Smith
Hold-Up Man, Murderer, Rapist, Police Informer, etc.

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