First Appearance: Episode 2 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 972 (1987)
Known Family: Father - Gordon Hamilton; Mother
- Nancy Hamilton; Stepmother (1) - Patricia Hamilton;
Stepmother (2) - Barbara Armstrong; Stepmother (3) - Beryl
Palmer; Stepsister - Angela Hamilton; Stepbrother - John
Palmer; Wife (1) - Amanda Morrell (d. 1986); Wife (2)
- Karen Fox (d. 1985); Wife (3) - Mary Reynolds (annulled);
Wife (4) - Susan Palmer (d. 1987)
Fling with Jacqui Ingleton; Romance with Jill
O'Donnel, leading to aborted marriage; Marriage to Amanda
Morrell (divorced 1984); Marriage to Karen Fox (d. 1985);
Romance with and marriage to Mary Reynolds (annulled after
it emerges that Mary is Wayne's sister); Love triangle
with Glen Young over Susan Palmer: Wayne 'wins' and marries
her. Susan dies at Wayne's hands in 1987.
As one of the characters who appeared in Sons
and Daughters from the very beginning to the very
end, Wayne not only had numerous storylines, he probably
had more storylines than any other character in the entire
series. To go into them all here would fill pages, so
here is a just a taster of Wayne at his worst!:
Wayne is the son of Gordon Hamilton and his first wife,
Nancy, who died while she was giving birth to her son
in about 1957. When Gordon felt that he couldn't give
a proper home to his son, he sent Wayne to live with his
retired parents. When Wayne was five, Gordon decided to
look for a live-in nanny for him, and this turned out
to be Patricia Dunne. Wayne was later sent to boarding
school. Wayne tries hard to please his father, but he
doesn't find it easy.
In 1982, Wayne is manager of the Hamilton Stud - and
is embezzling funds from his father. He uses money from
a trust fund to buy the country property, Woombai. He
tells everyone that he wants to get the rundown place
up-and-running again, but in reality intends to knock
the place down, because he believes there are valuable
minerals underneath. When Gordon finds out about the plans,
he's livid and throws Wayne out of the house. A furious
Wayne roars away in his car, but doesn't concentrate on
the road and ends up crashing. He damages his back and
has to spend time recuperating. He becomes closer to Jill
Taylor as she acts as nurse to him. He and Jill move to
Woombai, where Wayne decides to build an airstrip as part
of the property's redevelopment. Unfortunately, he goes
ahead with bulldozing some land, despite the fact that
part-owner Fiona Thompson refuses to give her permission
because her dead baby's grave is within the ground - and
when Fiona finds out that Wayne has ignored her wishes,
she vows to sue the Hamiltons for everything they've got.
Jill dumps Wayne in disgust at the way he acted - and
when Wayne then learns by accident that Jill used to be
a prostitute, he's relieved that he no longer has anything
to do with the girl.
Wayne talks himself into a job with Ramberg Industries,
but doesn't perform very well and is demoted. He does,
however, discover information that could solve some problems
with the Queensland branch of the company. When Gordon
- the new Ramberg MD - refuses to listen, though, and
the Queensland branch goes under, Wayne gloats about how
he could have helped. A furious Gordon just gives him
the sack - causing Wayne to decide to escape his father
and move down to Melbourne, where he takes up residence
with his stepmother, Patricia, at a mansion she's inherited
at Toorak. He meets nurse Susan Palmer and becomes impressed
at the dedication she displays while looking after the
depressed Patricia. He and Susan become closer, but Wayne
misreads things and when he tries to kiss Susan she accuses
him of spoiling things. She subsequently moves away from
Melbourne to be with her jailbird husband, Bill.
At the start of 1983, Wayne decides he wants Jill back
- despite her past. However, he discovers that she's set
to marry a man called Brian O'Donnel - an illegal immigrant
from Ireland. He devises a plan: he hires a woman called
Beth Newman to pretend to be Jill's long-lost mother,
the aim being that Beth will convince Jill what a nice
guy Wayne is really. The plan works and Jill tells Wayne
that he's a good friend. Wayne still has Brian to deal
with, though - so he tries blackmailing Brian and ringing
the Immigration authorities. Brian goes on the run, leaving
Wayne to comfort Jill. Sadly, Jill is then raped by the
local larrikin at Woombai, Terry Hansen. Wayne does some
investigating and discovers that Terry is really Fiona
Thompson's son - the baby she thought had died at three
days old. Deciding to use this knowledge for his own ends,
Wayne concocts a plan to reveal to Fiona that her baby
is still alive, but he then sends her to Perth to look
for him. Fiona takes the bait and Wayne is again left
alone with Jill. Jill is shocked when she receives news
that Brian has been killed in a car crash. Wayne escorts
her to the funeral - and then proposes! Jill says 'yes'!
The marriage goes ahead, but to everyone's shock Brian
turns up at the ceremony! It transpires that his belongings
had been stolen and it was the thief who was killed. Jill
tells Wayne that it's Brian she loves, leaving Wayne furious.
He almost commits suicide, but is talked out of it by
Dee then employs Wayne to work for her - and she also
gives him a proposition: he's to marry her granddaughter,
Amanda, to give her a grandson, in return for a large
share of her fortune. Neither Wayne nor Amanda is keen
- but a combination of drink and the financial incentives
lead to them both agreeing to the plan. Dee dies just
a few days later, and Wayne whisks Amanda off quickly
to the registry office before anyone else finds out about
the death: the only way Wayne will get his hands on Dee's
money is if Amanda gives birth to a son within a year
of Dee dying. Amanda is reluctant to sleep with Wayne,
so he starts working on the other two main beneficiaries
of Dee's will: Beryl Palmer and Margaret Dunne. Margaret
refuses to work with him, though, and Beryl announces
that she's giving most of her share to charity.
Come 1984, Wayne and Amanda's marriage is in trouble
- but Amanda then discovers that she's pregnant! The two
of them agree to work harder at their relationship. Sadly,
Amanda suffers a miscarriage. After a while, they agree
to try for another child - but Wayne then learns unexpectedly
that Amanda is on the contraceptive pill. He's furious,
and takes revenge on Amanda by smashing up Andy Green's
mobile DJ equipment - Amanda having just gone into business
with Andy. Wayne calms down and later tells Amanda again
that he loves her. Amanda, however, retorts that she's
had enough. A drunk Wayne later turns up and tells Amanda
that she's his wife and she owes him a kid. He then rapes
Events take another serious turn after Gordon suffers
a heart attack: Wayne and Amanda pretend to be back together
for Gordon's sake, so that they don't cause him any worry.
However, Amanda starts blackmailing Wayne, trying to force
him to buy her a new car to stop her revealing the truth.
An angry Wayne gets round the blackmail by deciding to
tell his father the truth and introducing a new
woman in his life: Liz Smith - who Wayne has secretly
employed from an escort agency.
His involvement with Liz leads to Wayne becoming involved
with the escort agency - and putting himself
up for hire as an escort. He is hired by a businesswoman
named Karen Fox - and it doesn't take long for she and
Wayne to fall for each other. Despite this, Wayne starts
seeing teenager Katie O'Brien behind Karen's back - but
it doesn't take long for the truth to emerge, and Karen
is furious. She ends up blackmailing Wayne into dumping
In early-1985, Karen and Wayne marry, after Karen convinces
Wayne that he needs her to look after him: Wayne believes
he has killed a guy called Bob Mitchell, and Karen helps
him hold it together after his guilt almost overwhelms
him. When Wayne learns a few weeks later that Mitch isn't
dead and that Karen has been stringing him along, he's
furious and tries to strangle his wife. She survives,
but is found dead a few days later. It turns out that
it's Liz Smith who killed her accidentally. Wayne decides
to get away from things for a while.
Upon his return to Sydney, Wayne is astonished when people
start accusing him of behaving badly towards his family.
He's even more shocked when he heads to the Morrell apartment
and Caroline Morrell shoots him! He survives, but the
truth emerges that a guy named Gary Evans - who looked
absolutely identical to Wayne - had taken his place while
Wayne was away and had tried to rip everyone off.
Soon after Wayne's return to Dural, a young woman, Julie
Webb, follows him. Wayne reveals to everyone that she's
his fiancée, having met her while she was away.
Sadly, when Julie makes it clear that she doesn't want
to rely on Wayne's money and gets herself a job in a local
pub, tensions arise in the relationship. The situation
worsens when Julie develops a friendship with a guy named
Neil Duffy: Wayne's jealous streak gets the better of
him and he accuses Julie and Neil of being on together.
A shocked Julie realises she's made a mistake with Wayne
and she moves away. It doesn't take long before Wayne
then becomes involved with shy teenager, Mary Reynolds.
They fall in love quickly and Wayne proposes marriage.
The wedding goes ahead - but before it's even consummated,
it's revealed that Mary is really Wayne's half-sister:
a daughter of Gordon and Patricia Hamilton that Gordon
knew nothing about. The marriage is annulled and Mary
1986 sees Wayne involved in a bitter battle with Alison
Carr - or Patricia Hamilton after plastic surgery: business
rivalries find the two at each other's throats constantly.
Wayne beats Alison to the punch in buying an old mansion.
He plans to have it pulled down and redeveloped - but
when Fiona Thompson helps in a campaign to save the place,
Wayne gives in and agrees that she and the existing tenants
in the place - which is used as a boarding house - can
stay. Meanwhile, Susan Palmer comes back into Wayne's
life after her husband, Bill, tells her he wants a divorce.
Wayne vows that that he's going to use his second chance
to make sure he hangs onto her. From that point on, a
vicious love triangle develops between Wayne, Susan and
handyman Glen Young, for whom Susan quite clearly develops
feelings. Wayne uses all his vicious cunning to try and
get rid of Glen, including framing him to make it look
like he's abandoned a woman who had a baby to him; and
arranging for him to be beaten up. Susan ends up turning
to Wayne after she believes his lies - and Wayne uses
Susan's emotional state to get her to agree to marry him.
The wedding goes ahead, despite attempts by Susan's father,
David, to stop it. A furious Wayne takes revenge on David
by wiping him out, leaving him broke. David tells Susan
what's happened, and she warns Wayne that she'd leave
him if she ever caught him trying to hurt her father.
Wayne starts receiving death threats, although he has
no idea who they're from. A happy Susan announces shortly
after the wedding that she's pregnant - and Wayne is ecstatic.
However, his happiness is short-lived as he then learns
that his grandfather died of Huntington's disease and
that it won't be long before it kills him, too
- and the gene could also be passed-on if Susan gives
birth to a son. A stunned Wayne tells Susan that he thinks
it would be better if their baby wasn't born. Susan, however,
just retorts that she either has the baby or she'll leave
their marriage. She turns to Glen for comfort - and ends
up spending some time with him at his parents' vacant
cabin in the country. A furious Wayne tracks them down
there and discovers them kissing. He can't bring himself
to confront them, though. Back in Sydney, Wayne demands
from a shocked Susan to know how he can be sure her baby
is really his. He learns just a few days later that Susan's
car has been found abandoned by the sea and that she has
apparently walked into the water and killed herself.
At the same time, Wayne meets nine-year-old Tick McCarthy
- who tells Wayne that he's his father! Wayne knows he
was involved with a woman called Moya Brinkley while he
was just a teenager, and that it's conceivable that Tick
is his son. He decides to get to know the boy
and takes him out to an island for a day trip. To his
shock, however, the captain of their boat sails off, stranding
them there. Tick then cuts himself seriously on some glass
and Wayne has to swim for help - not realising that there's
a shark chasing through the water after him. It takes
Wayne's arch enemy, Glen, to rescue him and swim to shore
to seek help for Tick.
Sadly, Wayne learns at the beginning of 1987 that Tick
isn't really his son and that Alison used the boy to string
him along. A furious Wayne vows that Alison will soon
be in the gutter where she belongs - where he'll step
on her face and push her down even further. To his astonishment,
Wayne learns that Susan is still alive and hiding-out
in Melbourne. He's even more surprised when Susan turns
up back in Sydney, a TV News crew in tow, and engages
in a warm reunion with her husband. When the crew has
gone, however, she warns Wayne coldly that things are
going to be different this time. It doesn't take long
for the arguments to resume, however, and a tragic accident
ensues: Wayne ends up knocking Susan down with his car.
She's rushed to hospital, and although the baby is initially
found to be OK, the stress of recent events gets to Susan
and she suffers a miscarriage.
Wayne gets drunk while sitting by the pool at Dural and
can only just make out the silhouette of someone who comes
to see him - and shoot him. He's rushed to hospital, where
he's operated upon. He survives, but can't recall who
fired the weapon. He eventually points the finger at Beryl,
even though he concludes really that it was Susan who
was behind the attack: he decides Susan would suffer more
from seeing her mother behind bars than she would if it
was her. When he's released from hospital, he locates
the gun Susan used and snarls that the only person she
thinks about now is him. Sadly, a few days later,
Susan's car is found abandoned by the sea again, and this
time there is no sign of her body. Wayne has to conclude
that she really has killed herself. He almost commits
suicide himself - but the return of Tick cheers him up.
He also vows once and for all to destroy Alison.
An attractive new neighbour, 18-year-old Sarah Hudson,
grabs Wayne's interest, and they begin to spend time together.
Sarah tries to throw herself at Wayne, but he's wary after
all his bad experiences with women. Meanwhile, he puts
his plan into action to take everything and everyone away
from Alison, leaving her with no money and no friends.
She ends up having to move into a seedy motel. Just to
annoy her, he asks Sarah to marry him - and she says 'yes'!
Left with almost nothing, Alison calls Wayne and asks
to see him in a nearby park. Wayne goes along and is astonished
when Alison points out Susan driving past. He pretends
not to care, though, and leaves Alison to her misery.
Once he arrives back at Dural, however, he does his best
to try to track down his wife - but without success. It's
only the next day, after Charlie Bartlett's wedding to
Todd Buckley, that he sees Susan creeping through the
trees in the grounds of Charlie's house. He runs after
her, leaving Sarah in tears after snapping at her that
she's just a kid and he never loved her. He catches up
with Susan and drags her into Dural, where he snarls that
she's never going to leave him again. A short time later,
tragedy strikes and Susan is left lying dead on the lounge
room floor, having apparently been strangled. Wayne is
standing over her, sobbing that he didn't mean it. Realising
that he's finally gone too far, he turns to the 'phone
and makes a call. He asks for the police...