Definition of hut-keep in English:

hut-keep

verb

[no object]Australian
historical
  • Manage a hut occupied by a group of convicts set to work on a farm.

    ‘I hired him as a shepherd and his wife to hut-keep’
    • ‘These parties were all either shepherding or hut-keeping.’
    • ‘Andy is going to hut-keep for himself, as he cannot agree with the man I sent there.’
    • ‘He was hut-keeping at a small out-station.’
    • ‘Although only hut keeping, he had been too long on cattlestations not to know the routine of the work.’