Alf Batchelder is a retired History teacher Year 10-12 of  the Melbourne, Australia school system. From 1985 until 2011, he was a volunteer researcher in the Library of the Melbourne Cricket Club, one of the oldest institutions in the state of Victoria. The club that conducts the day-to-day activities of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia's greatest sporting venue and one of the most historic sporting sites in the world.

Since 1999, he has also been a volunteer Host Officer at the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, which is located at Point Cook, about  15 miles south-west of Melbourne. The Point Cook airfield is the oldest continuously operating military airfield in the world.  RAAF Museum

In his own words, “ Apart from aircraft and sporting history, my other vices include photography, ships, steam locomotives and traveling. I have visited more than 40 of the 50 states in the US of A, with seven trips to Alaska, where I have some dear friends. In 1980 and 1983, I had the great thrill of flying from New York to London and from London to Singapore aboard the Concorde, and I have been lucky enough to have taken several cruises aboard Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2.” He is the author of  WHO WAS MURPHY , which chronicles the housing of the 11th Replacement Control Depot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during WWII.


Alf is another of the Australian friends of the  site who is most willing to share his knowledge. We most gratefully thank him and hope he will share more of his photos and knowledge.