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Self, Charles (Jnr)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1832
Place of birth Suffolk, UK?
Date of arrival 1838
Principal occupation Stonemason
Date of death 1911
Place of decease Willunga

Charles Self (Jnr) arrived in South Australia in 1838 with his parents, as a 6-year-old.

He married Jane Elizabeth Sweeting on 15 September 1858 at the Church of St Philip & St James at Noarlunga. The groom was a 23-year-old stonemason, born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, son of Charles and Mary Self. The bride Jane was the 21-year-old daughter of Henry Sweeting.

Charles and Jane Self had 8 children, three of whom died during childhood:

• Charlotte, born on 26 June 1859 at Aldinga. She never married and died at Noarlunga on 30 September 1894, aged 35 years, buried at Willunga Anglican Cemetery.

• Henry William, born on 19 April 1861 at Myponga. He died at Aldinga on 22 November 1861, aged 7 months, buried at the Willunga Anglican Cemetery.

• Louisa Jane, born on 5 April 1863 at Willunga. She died at Aldinga on 19 January 1864, aged 9 months, buried at Willunga Anglican Cemetery.

Charles Frederick (Fred) born on 11 November 1864 at Noarlunga. He never married and died at Willunga on 3 June 1939, aged 74 years, buried at Willunga Anglican Cemetery.

• Alfred Arthur, born on 30 December 1866 at Aldinga. He died at Aldinga on 25 January 1869, aged 2 years and was buried at Aldinga Anglican cemetery.

• Henry Albert, born on 18 June 1869 at Aldinga. He never married and died at Willunga on 7 January 1939, aged 70 years, buried at Willunga Anglican cemetery.

• Arthur Edward, born on 2 October 1871 at Aldinga. He never married and died at Willunga on 15 October 1944, aged 72 years, buried at Willunga Anglican cemetery.

Alice Emma, born on 16 February 1874 at Port Aldinga [Pt Willunga]. She never married and died on 31 January 1953 at Northfield, usual place of residence was recorded as Willunga. Age 73 years.

Little is known of the lives of Charles and Jane Self. They may have moved around for a few years after their marriage at Noarlunga in 1858, as their first four children were born at Aldinga (1859), Myponga (1861), Willunga (1863) and Noarlunga (1864). The next four children were born at Aldinga.

In 1863 a Charles Self was awarded the tender to make a tank at the Aldinga schoolhouse. Then, in January 1869, Charles Self of Aldinga gave evidence at Willunga during the prosecution of a person accused of stealing a bottle of whiskey from the Aldinga Hotel.

From 1870 to 1876 Charles Self and family lived in, and paid rates on, a house owned by George Mills in Section 391 in Port Willunga township.

Sometime after, they moved to Willunga township, living in a single-fronted, two-storey cottage at 33 Church Rd (later Aldinga Rd), since demolished. They then moved to 5 St Peters Tce in Willunga which continued to be rented by family members for probably 50 years until the 1950s and became known as Self’s cottage.

In October 1902 it was reported that Mr Charles Self, an older resident of Willunga, sustained a compound fracture of his leg, the injury being caused by a fall down the stairs of his residence. In 1906 Charles Self signed the Roll Call of old colonists who were pioneer settlers during the years from 1836 to 1840.

Charles Self (Jnr) died at Willunga on 2 December 1911, aged 84 years. His widow Jane Elizabeth Self died at Willunga six years later on 23 August 1917, aged 82 years and was buried at Willunga Anglican cemetery.

Sources

  • Maude Aldam sketchbook folder 42-1-33 Willunga Courthouse
  • The Advertiser 17 October 1902
  • Notes by Peter Byron
  • Folder 40 Willunga Courthouse
  • Births Marriages Deaths Registrations SA Genealogical & Heraldry Society.
Charles Self (right) and his son Arthur (left), c 1890
Charles Self (right) and his son Arthur (left), c 1890
Self's Cottage, 5 St Peters Terrace
Self's Cottage, 5 St Peters Terrace


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