1. a dishonest or unprincipled man. 2. a person whose behaviour one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likeable or attractive: 3. a person or thing that behaves in an aberrant or unpredictable way, typically with damaging or dangerous effects: 4. a vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp. Note: The phrase rogues and vagabonds is applied to a large class of wandering, disorderly, or dissolute persons.
South Australia started as a fledgling colony in 1836 far from Mother England. By 1841 it was necessary for a secure gaol to be built in Adelaide which was capable of holding persons who transgressed the law. Many of these were termed rogues.
The legal definition of rogue varied over the years but variously included persons who: failed to support themselves or their family, begging or procuring a child to beg, being an unlicensed pedlar, pretending to tell fortunes or read palms, lodging in deserted buildings, wilfully displaying obscene material, betting in the street, being in possession of implements for house-breaking, being armed with an offensive weapon, being on any premises for illegal purposes, frequenting any river, dock or street with intent to commit felony, violently resisting apprehension by a Police Officer.
The penalty for being a rogue was imprisonment for up to three months and any weapons, instruments or implements were forfeited upon conviction.