Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bludger n.1

[? SE bludgeoner; thus ult. bludgeon]

(mainly Aus., also bludger bloke, bludger boy) a thief, orig. working with a prostitute on the Murphy (Game), the n. (1), who accompanies theft with violence.

[UK]Bristol Times & Mirror 22 Mar. 6/6: The man is on of them [...] ‘bludgers,’ who lurk behind the girls [...] and when the ‘moll’ fondled a man to a certain extent, when she has got his watch or a purse, she gives a signal and up comes the ‘bludger,’ asks the man what business he has there with his wife [...] up goes the ‘bludger’s’ fist, down goes the man, and off they all goes.
[UK]H. Mayhew Great World of London 46: Those who plunder with violence; as [...] ‘bludgers’ or ‘stick-slingers,’ who rob in company with low women.
[UK]H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor IV 25: those who plunder with violence [...] 3. ‘Bludgers,’ or Stick-slingers, plundering in company with prostitutes.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. 10/1: A bludger and his mot ’ticed a cully into the ‘Deadhouse,’ and while he was parting for the booze buzzed him of three caser and a deaner. A man who robs in company with a prostitute and his woman enticed a victim into the ‘Dead-house’ [...] and while he was paying for the drinks picked his pocket of three crowns and a sixpence.
[UK]J. Greenwood Tag, Rag & Co. 37: Sergeant Twitcher would pleasantly relate how [...] the prisoner at the bar was to be found in Bludger’s Kitchen in the Dials.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 23 Sept. 6/5: A few highly respectable, but slightly giddy gentlemen [...] have found their way into the hauints of the strange women and departed [...] bilked by the lady and biffed by the ‘bludger’.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 21: BLUDGERS: thieves fellows who do not hesitate to use the bludgeon.
[Aus]Dubbo Liberal (NSW) 2 Jan. 2/7: These rascals (among whom are a notorious ‘bludger’ and a 15th rate pug [...]) nightly waylay men whom they judge to be possessed of a few pounds.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Apr. 8/6: Then out there steps a bludger bloke, / A little joss were he, / And things wot each one sed to each / Were not - well - harmony.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 7 Jan. 45/8: When bludger boys invade your bars, / Blame it on the Barman.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 13 Oct. 9/7: He asked, ‘What for?’ and witness replied, ‘For being a bludger.’ The lovely article replied, quite cocky like, ‘You can’t put me in for that - I’ve a hawker’s license, and I’ve beat them every time they try to drag me,’ whereupon the two constables immediately put him in.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 10 Nov. 12/2: [headline] LIZZIE LUMBERED. A Sussex Street Solicitress BUMPS A BRACE OF BOYS IN BLUE. Bright Bobbies Boob Her Bludger Bloke Barnay.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 9 July 5/7: Collins was one of those detestable creatures to whom, in the ‘argot’ of the ‘underworld,’ the word ‘bludger’ is applied. This ugly word was not, we are glad to say, invented in Australia. So long ago as 1856, it was used by Henry Mayhew in his book, ‘The Great World of London.’ .
[Aus]D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 60: The world’s full of no-goods – bludgers, sneaks and thieves.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 44: ‘Associated Thieves’ was what they should call themselves. The poor people were poor enough without these thieving bludgers so gratefully helping them to get deeper and deeper into debt. [Ibid.] 98: So anyhow, Dave, I got even with the big Jew bludger.