William Bickers, son of Francis and Mary (née Peddan) Bickers, was born at Thirsk Yorkshire England in 1815. Information on the internet suggests he came to Australia on 28 April 1832 as a convict transported on the Lord William Bentinck.
He married Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas and Jane (née Pickett) Beechey. Jane was reputed to be the daughter of Samuel Pickett who came with the First Fleet on the Charlotte and Mary Ann Thompson who was transported on the First Fleet ship Lady Juliana.
William and Mary Ann came to the Mount Duneed area in the late 1850s. They had 11 children:
William — born 1845 in Hobart, died 1875 in Victoria
Jane — born 1846 in Hobart, married John Teodore Brown on 16 April 1870 in Fitzroy, died in 1884 in Melbourne
Alfred — born 1848 in Hobart, married Isabella Bryan, died in 1917 at Warracknabeal
Ellen — born 13 May 1850 in Hobart, married Thomas Ellis on 12 January 1870, died 19 August 1945 at Mount Duneed
George — born 1853 in Germantown, married Annie Garvie Tawse in 1882. Annie died on 21 July 1889 and is buried in an unknown location at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Maria — born 1865 in Geelong, married James Woodhead in 1876
Francis — born 1858 in Connewarre, married Eliza O'Hare in 1885
Rebecca — born 1861 in Connewarre, married John Teodore Brown in 1885 in Victoria
Elizabeth — born 1863 in Connewarre, married Samuel Henry Johnson in 1882
Martha — born 1866 in Connewrre, married Andrew Condie in 1884, died on 28 May 1958
Harriet — born 1869 in Mount Duneed, married Henry Frederick Neville in 1891
William died on 19 June 1869 at Mount Duneed aged 54 and was buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Mary Ann died on 9 April 1914 at Rupanyup.
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