First Appearance: Episode 255 (1983)
Last Appearance: Episode 462 (1984)
Known Family: Father - Joe Parker (d. 1983);
Mother - Alice Parker; Brother - Dennis Parker; Sister
- Shirley Parker
Romance with Shelley Barton.
Tony grew up at the Parker family home with his
father, Joe, mother, Alice, brother, Dennis and sister,
Shirley. Joe was a career criminal and Tony looked up
to him as an example of how to get through life. Joe was
also a violent drunk, though, who hit Alice whenever she
managed to upset him. Shirley Parker was so upset at the
way her mother was treated that she moved out to live
with her aunt. As Tony grew up, he became involved in
petty crime and spent more time in boys' homes between
the ages of 8 and 18 than he did at his actual home.
Tony meets David Palmer in Pentridge Prison: Tony is
on remand for stealing a TV while David is being held
accused of murdering Martin Healy. The two become close
and when both are eventually released, David invites Tony
to live with him and Beryl. David arranges a job for Tony
at The Terrace coffee shop.
Kevin Palmer makes it clear that he doesn't like Tony
- and when Tony is left to look after Kevin and Lynn's
baby son, Davey, and he catches pneumonia because he's
left to lie in the rain, the tension between the two young
men increases. Tony decides he's caused enough trouble
for the Palmers, and runs away. David tracks him down
back at his parents' and suggests they spend some time
away from Melbourne. They end up at Woombai, where Tony
meets some guys who invite him to join their rodeo. David
expresses reservations, but Tony is enthusiastic and takes
It's not long, though, before Tony receives a call from
his mother, saying that she's left Tony's father, Joe
- but he's hanging around outside her new apartment, hassling
her. Tony decides to return to Melbourne and moves in
with his mother, to look after her. From there, events
escalate when Joe accuses Alice of having an affair with
David Palmer. Tony comes up with a plan to get his father
off his mother's back: he agrees to carry out a robbery
with Joe, but arranges for the police to turn up and arrest
him. Joe is put in jail. Meanwhile, Tony and Alice move
up to Woombai, where they feel safe from Joe's clutches.
Unfortunately, Joe escapes from jail and tracks Tony
and Alice, together with David and Beryl, down to Woombai.
He uses a gun to hold them hostage - but when Terry Hansen
causes a distraction, Alice grabs the weapon and fires
four shots at Joe. Joe dies as a result of his injuries.
Alice is released on bail for the killing.
While staying at Woombai, waiting for Alice's case to
be heard, Tony meets 17-year-old Shelley Barton. They
become close, but after the Barton family home is destroyed
in a bush fire, Mr. Barton decides to move the family
to the city. Shelley turns up again in Sydney, where Alice's
trial is being held. She meets up with some other kids
at The Cross, and ends up moving into a squat to live
with them, much to Tony's horror.
Alice is cleared of murdering Joe Parker, and she lands
a job in Lorne. Tony decides to move there with her, Shirley
and Dennis, meaning the whole family is together again.
Apart from a brief disruption when Jeff O'Brien asks Tony
to hide him while on the run from home, Tony enjoys a
happy new life with his mother, brother and sister.