Alfred Castley was born on 6 Feb 1858, the second son of George Castley (1822-1905) and his wife Millicent Catherine Woodward (1821-1895). George was living in Elizabeth Street, Launceston, in a house with a shop in 1856. Alfred, a grocer, married Henrietta Davey on 31 Jan 1881 and their son Alfred Arthur was born the following December. Alfred was running the Silver Mine Tea Warehouse at the time of his son's birth. Henrietta died eighteen months later in Launceston on 10 May 1883, aged only 23 years. By 1890 Alfred was in partnership with his older brother George Robert in a grocery business in Charles Street, Launceston. Alfred played the oboe in the Exhibition Orchestra in 1891-92. His future sister-in-law Edith Layton (Henry William's wife) was in the Exhibition Choir and is also pictured in the Family Album. Alfred played the oboe in the inaugural concert of the Orpheus Orchestral Society in July 1892.
Alfred's mother Millicent died aged 74 on 31 Oct 1895 and his father George died aged 83 at Launceston on 4 Jun 1905. This was just ten days after his brother Arthur Paul Castley passed away at New Norfolk. Alfred was 82 years of age when he died in Launceston on 20 Dec 1940. He was buried at Carr Villa in the Anglican Section B2 No. 18.