Definition of loan gang in English:

loan gang

noun

Australian
historical
  • A group of convicts assigned to a settler as workers.

    ‘continued good service entitled the prisoner to a transfer to a loan gang’
    • ‘Repeated misconduct invariably withdraws the mechanic from the loan gang.’
    • ‘The loan gang consisted of the best workmen in the Colony, lent on loan to the settlers generally.’
    • ‘The first wave of convict labour would be released from the roads to the loan gangs, to be hired out at cheap rates.’
    • ‘In Van Diemen's Land all mechanics are placed either in the engineer department or in the loan-gang.’
    • ‘Persons who obtain men from the loan gang are much more apt to abuse the trust confided in them.’