Frederick Self (1858-1925)
The fourth child born to Elizabeth and Thomas, Frederick Self began his working life as a fisherman. Next he joined the police force where he was Water Bailiff, the police officer responsible for waterways. It was his job to stop ‘illegal fishing’, under the Fisheries Act. He also had to rescue fishermen and swimmers. A letter to The Mercury in January 1903 noted that ‘the esteemed Water Bailiff’ had rescued fourteen swimmers in as many years.
Frederick Self married Jane Sutcliffe, herself a child of convicts. Over the next twenty years they produced ten children, four daughters and six sons. Four of their sons served during the Great War.
In 1909, Frederick was charged with the curious offence of ‘using insulting language to his son’. Also that year he was discharged from the police force.