First Appearance: Episode 611
Last Appearance: Episode 716
Adam Tate is Charlie Bartlett's son by her third husband,
Eric Tate. Adam hadn't seen Charlie since he was a small
child, and he had always been led to believe by his father
that Charlie had been a bad mother and had run out on
him and his younger sister, Sally. He and Charlie come
into contact while Adam - a police officer - is involved
in protecting Leigh Palmer from Richard Crampton. Adam
initially refuses to get to know Charlie, but Sally persuades
him to give her a chance, and Leigh produces court records
from his parents' divorce which show that it had actually
been Eric who had driven Charlie away. Having agreed to
get to know her, Adam - and Sally - move in with her at
David's house at Sunbury.
Adam is devastated when his partner in the police force
is shot dead while the two of them are dealing with an
incident one night. The event leads him to lose his confidence
- which in turn leads to him being transferred to desk
duties - and it subsequently makes him reconsider his
whole career in the force. Charlie, Spider Webb and others
all do their best to help him regain his confidence, with
varying degrees of success, and he decides to stay with
When Alison Carr is trying to prove that Jeff O'Brien
- and not Patricia - murdered Luke Carlyle, she enlists
Adam's help to track down witnesses who could testify
that Jeff could have done it. Adam also becomes involved
when Leigh goes on the run after admitting to kidnapping
Beryl's baby son, Robert; and he finds himself caught
up with Brett Keegan and Leigh when Brett gets into trouble
with a crook named Judge, over some gambling debts he's
run up. Through all of this, and despite everything she's
done, Adam begins to fall in love with Leigh. The two
of them are enjoying a romantic picnic one day when Leigh
is knocked over the edge of a cliff by Adam's car, the
brake not having been engaged properly. To Adam's horror,
Leigh is washed out to sea and is declared dead when her
body can't be found. However, Adam quickly grows suspicious
when various clues suggest that Leigh is really in Sydney
- and he flies up there and finds her alive.
Adam declares his love for her to Leigh, but she tells
him that it's hopeless because, if she's found to be alive,
she's going to be put on trial for the kidnapping and
sent to jail for ten years. Adam promises that he'll wait
for her. It's no good, though: the next thing he knows,
Leigh has turned herself into the police just to prevent
him from the agony of waiting for her for all that time.
Leigh is held in Fairlea Prison and Adam goes to visit
her a couple of times until Leigh bans any more visitors.
She goes on trial but, to Adam's horror, at the end of
the first day she escapes from her police escort and runs
towards a truck that's heading down the road. She commits
suicide to save her friends and family from any more pain.
Adam is left devastated.
Unable to decide what to do with his life following Leigh's
death, Adam eventually decides to go travelling. Charlie
tries to talk him into seeing Europe, but Adam chooses
a more adventurous option: cycling in Inner Mongolia!
As they say a sad goodbye to each other, Charlie tells
her son that she hopes spending time with people his own
age will help him forget Leigh so that, when he comes
back, he'll be able to settle down and begin with a new
First Appearance: Episode 617
Last Appearance: Episode 710
Sally is the daughter of Charlie Bartlett and Eric Tate.
She's Adam Tate's younger sister. She's studying Art Conservation
at university in Melbourne when her mother comes back
on the scene. Sally is generally fairly quiet, but she
finds she shares a number of interests with Tom Chaplin,
the English teacher that Charlie is seeing, and they start
visiting exhibitions and art galleries together. During
a visit to the beach in Sydney, they find themselves alone,
and they kiss passionately. Sally feels immensely guilty
as a result, and decides the only way she can resolve
the situation in her own mind is by fleeing to Melbourne.
First Appearance: Episode 34
Last Appearance: Episode 451
The politician Fiona met during her days as a prostitute.
She had his baby, but the child died after three days.
Scott comes back into Fiona's life in 1982, but they split
up when Scott can't handle Fiona still keeping in touch
with some contacts from her past. He returns to her life
briefly in 1983, after Jill turns to him when she decides
to terminate her pregnancy. However, after Matt Kennedy
persuades her to keep the child, Scott disappears from
Fiona's life again. When Terry Hansen stands trial for
kidnapping Jill's daughter, Fee, in 1984, Scott
is called upon to testify that Jill used to be a prostitute.
Both Fiona and Jill express their disgust at him.
First Appearance: Episode 1
Last Appearance: Episode 48
Bill works with John Palmer at Sam Selmar's warehouse.
After John has a 'vision' which causes him to drop a box
of expensive goods that both men are lifting, Bill and
John find themselves given the sack. Bill later returns
to the warehouse to plead for his job back. When Selmar
refuses, Bill sees red, picks up a crowbar lying nearby
and lashes out. Selmar dies of the injury.
It's John who finds Selmar, but when the police arrive,
he panics and runs. Unfortunately, he's spotted and is
assumed to be the main suspect - much to Bill's relief.
Meanwhile, Bill marries John's sister, Susan - but after
guilt begins to get the better of him, and other people
realise he's the murderer, he confesses and turns himself
over to the police. After his case goes to trial, he's
found guilty and sent to jail. Four years after his sentence,
he's involved in a disturbance at the jail. He's hurt
in the fracas and later dies of his injuries.
First Appearance: Episode 608
Last Appearance: Episode 651
Colin Turner is the son of Jenny Turner's first husband,
Ralph, and his first wife; Jenny was his second
wife. Jenny is stepmother to Colin and his sister, Denise.
Colin has kept secret for several years the fact that,
as a young boy, he was responsible for his father's death,
after letting the handbrake off on a tractor that then
rolled over his father and killed him. Colin is at university
in Sydney when Jenny learns that he's attempted to commit
suicide. She and Stephen bring him back to Woombai, but
because he wants to try to forget killing his father,
he refuses to return to the Turner farm. Stephen agrees
that he and Jenny can move into the Woombai homestead,
and, while there, Colin becomes friends with Andy Green.
His guilt about his father's death continues to overwhelm
him, though, and he almost attempts to commit suicide
again. Andy talks him out of it, but there's still a hairy
moment when Colin accidentally slips down the face of
the cliff that he was going to jump from. Fortunately,
Andy rescues him and Colin realises he doesn't want to
die. The guilt over his father comes to a head when an
accident leads to a large tree falling on top of him,
Stephen and another worker at Woombai. Colin is unharmed,
but Stephen forces him to get a tractor and use it to
drag the tree out of the way. Colin manages to do this,
and he later breaks down as he admits to Jenny that he
killed Ralph. Jenny assures him that it was an accident
and that she doesn't blame him.
When Denise turns up at Woombai for Stephen and Jenny's
engagement party, she teases Colin about the fact that
he doesn't have a girlfriend. Colin is upset, but when
Caroline places a friendly hand on his arm, he's intrigued.
He confides in her that he's always had trouble getting
close to girls, and Caroline chooses to help him by offering
to sleep with him. Colin accepts her offer, but still
finds himself unable to perform on the night. It's only
when he meets a guy in a bar while he's drowning his sorrows
over Caroline that he realises it isn't women
that he's most comfortable around... In the days after
Stephen and Jenny's wedding, Colin admits this to them,
and he's relieved when they accept the news without any
problem. Shocked to then learn that his mother has Hodgkin's
Disease, Colin heads off to New Zealand with her, Stephen
and Denise for a long holiday.
First Appearance: Episode 572
Last Appearance: Episode 651
Jenny owns a property adjoining Woombai, and when she
meets Woombai's resident manager, Stephen Morrell, there's
an attraction. The two of them start seeing each other,
but when Stephen's first wife, Caroline Morrell, comes
back on the scene, there's instant competition and Jenny
soon finds Caroline warning her off. Jenny wins out, though,
and Stephen asks her to marry him. Jenny says 'yes'. Her
life isn't without its problems: her first husband was
killed in a tractor accident several years earlier and
his son - Jenny's stepson - Colin tries to commit suicide
while at university. Jenny and Stephen bring him back
to Woombai, where he befriends Andy Green and begins to
settle down. An accident with a falling tree forces Colin
to admit to Jenny that he was responsible for
the tractor accident that killed his father all those
years ago. Jenny also has to cope with Colin's sixteen-year-old
sister, Denise, who, upon turning up at Woombai for Jenny
and Stephen's engagement party, throws herself at Wayne.
There are more-serious repercussions when Denise is nearly
attacked by a rapist - who she initially thinks is Wayne
- but it turns out to be Wayne who saves her when the
attacker strikes a second time.
Shortly after the engagement party, Denise and Stephen
marry. They honeymoon at Dural, but while they're there,
Jenny learns - via subtle hints from Caroline - that all
is not well with Colin. She summons him to Dural, where
he admits that it's guys he's interested in, not women.
Jenny assures him that she and Stephen just want him to
be happy. She suffers further problems when she starts
feeling unwell, and Dr. Irene Fisher has to run tests
to determine what's wrong with her. She diagnoses Hodgkin's
Disease, much to Jenny's shock. She and Stephen decide
to make the most of the time they have left together,
and the two of them - together with Colin and Denise -
head off for a long holiday in New Zealand.