Yes, after many years of searching, Brendan can finally say
he is definitely descended from a convict (of course, we've all seen the similarity!).
Gowan PICKERING (Brendan's
great, great, great, great maternal grandfather) was born in Yorkshire, England
around 1773. In 1813 he was tried at the York Assizes, and sent to Sydney
Australia for life imprisonment. He was listed as - height 5 foot six and three quarters, sallow complexion, silvered
grey hair, balding with hazel eyes.
In 1814 he arrived in Sydney Australia on the convict ship
"Somersetshire" aged 55, and obtained a Ticket of Leave and was a tenant of Botany, Sydney, NSW
He settled at a place called Green Cottage, Salt pan
Creek, Cooks River, Sydney. He married Mary Ann TOFT
in 1821 in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia and proceeded to have five children.
Although he must have lived a life filled with hard physical labour, Gowan
managed to survive until the ripe old age of 90 years.
Note: Gowan was also known as Cohen.