First Appearance: Episode 1 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 424 (1984)
Known Family: Father - Martin Healy; Mother -
Patricia Hamilton; Sister - Angela Hamilton; Stepmother
- Beryl Palmer; Stepsister - Susan Palmer/Todd/Hamilton;
Stepbrother - Kevin Palmer; Sister-in-Law - Lynn Palmer;
Step-Grandfather - Doug Palmer; Step-Grandmother - Rosie
Romance with Di Miller; Romance with Jill Taylor;
Romance with Lisa Cook
John was born in c. 1961 or 1962 at Fiona Thompson's
boarding house at 22 Manly Terrace, Sydney. Fiona raised
the boy for the first five years of his life because his
father, David Palmer, felt unable to take care of him.
When John was five years old, David decided he was now
prepared to raise his son, so John left Fiona's and moved
to Melbourne to be with his father and his wife, Beryl,
and their two children, Susan and Kevin.
In 1982, John finds himself accused of the murder of
Sam Selmar, the boss at the warehouse where John works.
He goes on the run and makes his way back to Sydney and
Fiona's boarding house. Fiona helps him clear his name.
While living in Sydney, John meets Angela Hamilton - about
whom he's had several dreams over the years - and her
mother, Patricia, who makes it clear that she doesn't
like the socially-inept Melbournite. John and Angela start
to become close - but a shocking truth then emerges: that
John and Angela are twins who were separated at birth.
John decides to get to know his mother better and Gordon
Hamilton gives him the opportunity to become involved
in the Hamiltons' business interests. John then lands
a position with Ramberg Industries - although his enthusiasm
for the job is tempered when he discovers that it was
arranged by Patricia, rather than him gaining it on his
own merit. In his personal life, a short-lived fling with
Barbara Armstrong's niece, Prue, is followed by John making
rather more serious approaches towards Jill Taylor. Jill
rejects him, though.
John then turns his attentions to Di Miller, a secretary
at Ramberg. A serious relationship ensues and the couple
almost move in together. John gets cold feet, though,
and suggests to Di that they cool things. The two of them
split up. John is moved to a new position in the Melbourne
branch of Ramberg - where he discovers to his horror that
he's his father's boss. There's a worse shock in store
when David reveals to John that Patricia told him in anger
that he isn't even his and Angela's father.
John decides to track down his real father and enlists
the help of Patricia's sister, Margaret Dunne. It is David,
though, who tells John that his father's name is Martin
Healy. John tracks Martin down to the Defence Centre in
Melbourne, where Martin is in the airforce. Martin initially
refuses to accept that he could be John and Angela's father,
but he eventually concedes that it could be true.
As he spends more and more time with Martin, John becomes
increasingly enthusiastic about life in the airforce,
and he decides to join up. He also begins a proper relationship
with Jill and couldn't be happier. Everything seems to
be going swimmingly when John heads off for ten weeks'
training - until, his training nearly over, he learns
that Martin his committed suicide and that Jill has married
another man, Brian O'Donnel.
John quits the airforce and gets away from his problems
by moving up to Woombai. Fiona offers him a job, but his
attempt to instil military discipline in the men on the
property don't go down well and a strike is only averted
narrowly. John becomes mates with Terry Hansen and the
youngster he's taken under his wing, Tony Parker.
After Terry suffers an accident which blinds him, he
begins asking for a former girlfriend, Lisa Cook. Fiona
asks John to track her down - and he does so. It isn't
long before John and Lisa start falling in love, but Lisa
shies away from telling Terry about their affair. John
then learns that Terry raped Jill several months earlier.
He tells Lisa what he's heard, but when Lisa says she
knows Terry's background and thinks she can understand
why he did it, John insists that she's to have nothing
else to do with her ex-boyfriend. Lisa just accuses John
of behaving petulantly and the two of them split up.
After a period of providing support for his friends and
family, John receives an offer from Angela to join her
and her husband, Rob Keegan, running a hotel up-north.
After some initial doubts, John accepts the offer and
moves away to live with the sister from whom he was separated
for so much of his life.