Definition of pass-holder in English:

pass-holder

noun

Australian
historical
  • A convict issued with a document authorizing some freedom of movement.

    ‘the pass-holder was, after a time, entitled to a ticket-of-leave’
    • ‘The pass-holders were held at hiring depots in Hobart, Launceston and at several points in the settled districts.’
    • ‘A pass-holder on arrival with eighteen months left to serve, his only transgression was to be out after hours within a few weeks of arriving.’
    • ‘A pass-holder may be deprived of his pass altogether, at the pleasure of the Lieutenant-Governor.’
    • ‘The gangs fell into a state of chronic revolt, while the pass-holders and ticket-of-leave men became the terror of the community.’
    • ‘If unable to find private employment, the pass-holders could work for the government, which would give them rations but no wages.’