assigned servant

assigned servant (plural assigned servants)

  1. (UK, Australia, historical) A convict assigned to work as a servant for a free settler (either a male or female convict, and either a male or female settler).
    • 1833, The Hobart Town Magazine, Volume 1, [ page 71],
      To be sure, the assigned servant is liable to be called upon, even in the middle of the night, “upon any necessary occasion or emergency;” but as this is an affliction, incident to every servant, bond or free, we must not consider it in any manner as a drawback upon his general advantages. […] In the first place, where is the master, who, upon receiving an assigned servant, applies himself with all his energy to reform him ?

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