(Aus./S.Afr.) a convict.
|Felonry of New South Wales vii: The ludicrous and affected philanthropy [...] in advertising runaway convicts under the soft and gentle name of absentees.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] ABSENTEE — Euphemistic term for convict. Word now disappeared.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 107: A ‘canary bird’ or ‘absentee’ is a convict.|