First Appearance: Episode 2 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 424 (1984)
Known Family: Father - Martin Healy; Mother -
Patricia Hamilton; Brother - John Palmer; Stepfather -
Gordon Hamilton; Husband - Rob Keegan
Engaged to Simon Armstrong, but breaks it off;
Liaison with Mick Ryan; Love triangle with Rob Keegan
and Paul Sheppard: chooses Rob but has an affair with
Angela Hamilton was born in 1962, the daughter
of Patricia and Gordon Hamilton. She enjoyed a very privileged
childhood, where nearly all her wants were catered for.
When she was about 18 or 19, Angela had an affair with
a married man, and he actually left his wife to be with
his new girlfriend. Angela dumped him a week later, however.
Angela's brother, Wayne, found out, and used this knowledge
to blackmail Angela for some time, until she eventually
came clean to her father. (She was trying to avoid telling
Gordon because she knew how much he doted on her.)
In 1982, Angela is romantically involved with Simon Armstrong,
the son of Roland and Barbara Armstrong. That all changes,
though, when Angela meets Scott Edwards, to whom she becomes
attracted. There's a shock in store, however, when Patricia
reveals that 'Scott' is really her son, John, and, therefore,
Angela's twin brother. Angela moves to Melbourne to get
to know her real father, David Palmer. While in the city,
Angela has a brief fling with Mick Ryan, but the two of
them drift apart after Mick's terminally ill son, Stevie,
Angela moves back to Sydney and meets Rob Keegan. Romance
ensues and Rob asks Angela to marry him. She says 'yes'!
However, when Angela then meets the Hamiltons' new gardener,
Paul Clark, her feelings for Rob begin to become more
confused. Despite this, Angela goes through with the marriage
and she and Rob head off on honeymoon to Macedon. Rob
then starts talking about having children - and Angela's
confusion grows: she ends up telling Rob that she made
a mistake marrying him and that having children would
make it even worse. She runs out. Rob follows her to Melbourne
and they manage to patch things up.
Angela continues to find herself in the vicinity of Paul
- now revealed to be Paul Sheppard, son of millionaire
James Sheppard - and she and Rob endure further ups-and-downs.
However, she agrees to try to have a baby. Unfortunately,
she fails to conceive and is devastated when medical tests
reveal that she can't have children. The situation worsens
when Rob then discovers that he has a child of his own,
Domine, by a previous girlfriend. Angela initially refuses
to have anything to do with the young girl, but her attitude
gradually softens and she eventually agrees with Rob that
they should apply for legal custody of Domine. Sadly,
Domine's mother, who was originally open to the idea,
decides that she wants to retain custody of her daughter,
and Rob and Angela have to say goodbye to the girl.
There's a huge shock in store for Angela when it's revealed
that David isn't her father after all, and that it's actually
Martin Healy, with whom Patricia had an affair in the
1960s. Angela meets Martin, but takes a dislike to him.
Meanwhile, she and Rob move into a property which they
turn into a coffee shop they name The Terrace.
After a period of not having any contact with Paul, Angela
is surprised to hear from him out of the blue. He tells
her that he's in Melbourne and is lonely. Angela agrees
to meet with him - and an affair quickly ensues. A few
weeks later, Angela faints as she climbs the stairs at
her and Rob's place. She's taken to hospital where she's
told - to her astonishment - that she's pregnant. She
immediately realises that she has to stay with Rob, and
she tells Paul that she can't see him anymore. However,
Paul challenges Angela over whether the baby is his.
Angela denies this, and Paul eventually accepts that he
has to let her go. He goes to see her at one last time,
and is hugging her in her and Rob's bedroom when Rob arrives
home and discovers the two of them together. The two men
start fighting downstairs. As Angela goes down to try
and stop them, she feels some sharp pain and collapses.
She suffers a miscarriage.
The trauma of the miscarriage leaves Angela with amnesia.
When she 'meets' John, she is convinced that he's her
husband. It's only when she kisses him that reality hits
her again and her memories come flooding back. She decides
that she can't go back to Rob and chooses to live with
Paul in Sydney. However, she quickly begins to feel smothered
by him - and when he then arranges to buy a baby for them,
and brings the pregnant Christine Matthews to live with
them, Angela is furious. Christine gives birth to boy-and-girl
twins, who she names John and Felicity. Angela is wary
of the new-borns, but when she holds baby John for the
first time, she falls in love with him. Unfortunately,
Christine begins to deny Angela access to the children
- and when Christine then admits to Angela spitefully
that she's after Paul, Angela tells Paul that
their relationship is over.
Paul and Christine move away to a hotel. Angela finds
herself alone. She tries calling Rob, but finds herself
unable to speak when he answers the 'phone. John tells
her subsequently that Rob is about to head off to work
up-north, and that if she wants to try again with him,
this is her last chance. Angela flies down to Melbourne
to talk to him, but learns from Amanda Morrell that she
and Rob are together now. Lynn Palmer tells Angela quickly
that that's a pack of lies, and that it's really Angela
that Rob loves. Angela decides not to pursue things, though,
and she returns to the airport in order to fly back to
Sydney. Just before she boards her 'plane, however, Rob
appears. He tells Angela that he's not going to let her
leave him again. Angela cries that she doesn't want to
hurt him again, but Rob says it'll hurt more
if she gets on the 'plane. He asks if they can give it
another try, and Angela happily agrees. A couple of days
later, she and Rob head off for a second go at life together.
About seven months later, in mid-1984, Angela returns
to Melbourne, briefly, to ask John to come and join her
and Rob in running a hotel they've just bought up-north.
Although John is initially wary, because he's just gone
into partnership with David, David persuades him that
it's for the best. Angela and John leave together, the
twins having been reunited again.