First Appearance: Episode 719
Last Appearance: Episode 840
May Walters is an ex-Madam who Fiona worked for during
the Second World War. They haven't seen each other for
a very long time, but are reunited when Fiona becomes
involved in a campaign to stop the mansion where the two
women worked from being knocked down. Following their
reunion, Fiona decides to move into the mansion, as she
needs to find an alternative to the boarding house she
bought with Irene Fisher, after they both lose most of
their money in a disastrous investment in coffee futures.
May is herself not particularly well-off, although she
has a number of valuable heirlooms and gifts from former
clients. She also runs a small sideline in speech therapy
and teaching the art of speaking proper English, as well
as providing singing lessons to Ginny Doyle!
May's most traumatic experience is being tied-up and
then almost gassed when the mansion is invaded by Micky
Pratt and Ned Turner, two criminals on the run who will
do anything to avoid capture. Other than this, she is
more concerned with living as fine a life as she can.
When she learns that a former 'colleague' from her days
on the game - Owen Brooke's mother, Connie Hogg, who May
regards as the roughest of the rough - is writing an autobiography,
May determines to tell her side of the story.
She contacts a journalist, who is so impressed with what
May has to say that a tour of England is arranged almost
straight away and May soon flies out of Australia. While
in England, she meets a wealthy man and marries him! She
moves into his 36-room house and settles down to enjoy
her new life.
First Appearance: Episode 470
Last Appearance: Episode 596
Beryl takes in 16-year-old Leanne in late-1984 when she
has to leave the Children's Home that Beryl helps out
at. Leanne tries to help Jeff O'Brien overcome his drinking
problem, but her methods meet with failure. After taking
a job dressing up in costumes to deliver humorous messages,
Leanne meets some other girls and moves in with them -
but not before inadvertently helping Patricia discover
that Beryl is pregnant to David just before David is due
to marry Patricia.
A few months later, Leanne turns up again at Beryl's
after running into trouble with her housemates: a girl
called Tracy Kingsford was daring her to steal from the
parties she was working at, and she took a bracelet. However,
feeling guilty after finding out how much it was worth,
she sent it back to the owner. Tracy, however, had refused
to believe that she hadn't still got it and had started
hounding her for it. Beryl allows Leanne to move back
in, but runs into her own problems with Tracy, who's determined
to take revenge on her for helping the girl. Leanne then
meets Tim Palmer and there's an immediate attraction.
The two of them start spending time together, and Tim
fights Tracy's mate, Simmo, when the two of them are ambushed.
Leanne eventually decides that she can't put Beryl through
any more trouble and she decides to run away. Tim, who's
having problems of his own with David, goes with her.
While they're on the run, Leanne loses her virginity to
Tim, but that moment of happiness is shattered when Tim
then develops food poisoning and has to be taken to hospital.
Upon his release, he arranges to go and stay with Mike
and Heather O'Brien in Brisbane and he tells Leanne that
she's invited as well. Leanne, however, decides to take
up the offer of a job from Tracy's father, Stuart Kingsford,
and she bades Tim a sad farewell.
Arthur 'Spider' Webb
First Appearance: Episode 589
Last Appearance: Episode 731
Julie Webb's father follows his daughter to Dural
after learning that she's marrying into a rich family.
He fakes a fall down the stairs and a subsequent back
injury so that he can stay at the house, and the Hamiltons
arrange for him and Julie to move into the handyman's
flat. Not wanting Julie to turn down the opportunity of
the money that she'll gain by marrying into the Hamilton
household, Spider does his best to stop her being independent,
including causing a scene at the pub where she's working,
so that she's given the sack. He forms a friendship with
Charlie Bartlett, but this all comes to an end when Julie
realises that things between her and Wayne aren't going
to work and she calls off the wedding. She and Spider
move away to Melbourne, where Spider pops in occasionally
to see Charlie, at David's farm in Sunbury, and Beryl.
He gets into scrapes when he tries to help Leigh Palmer
evade the police after she admits kidnapping Beryl's baby
son, Robert, and when he tries to help Brett Keegan with
the gambling debts he runs up with a crook named Judge.
Spider had a second - older - daughter, Jessica, who
married Rod Campbell and gave birth to a son, Barry, and
a daughter, Jess. Jessica died when the children were
still young, leaving Rod to bring them up alone. In late-1985,
Spider introduces Rod to Beryl, and is delighted when
the two of them start seeing each other. Unfortunately,
Rod's jealousy, together with the interference of his
housekeeper, Doris Hudson, leads to a stormy relationship,
and when Rod is offered a job in Western Australia he
decides to take it. Jess follows him a short time later
and Spider a few weeks after that, when he realises that
he's getting older and can't really cope by himself anymore.
First Appearance: Episode 582
Last Appearance: Episode 610
While Wayne Hamilton is on the run after thinking
he's going to be blamed for the death of his wife, Karen,
he meets barmaid, Julie Webb, and they quickly fall in
love and decide to get married. After learning that Liz
Smith has confessed to killing Karen, Wayne returns to
Sydney and Julie soon follows on behind - only to discover
to her shock that Wayne has been shot by Caroline Morrell,
who thought he was Gary Evans, an exact doppelgänger.
After Wayne is released from hospital, he and Julie start
making plans for their wedding, but tensions soon arise
because Julie doesn't want to be dependent on Wayne's
money, instead choosing to try and be self-sufficient
by taking a job in a local pub.
Things take a downward turn when Julie's father, Arthur
'Spider' Webb, tracks her down at Dural; Julie has never
got along with him because he was 50 when she was born
and she's always thought of him as an old man. She tries
to convince the Hamiltons not to let him stay at Dural,
but he puts on an act of hurting his back and he and Julie
end up moving into the handyman's flat. Julie is devastated
when he then causes her to lose her job. She and Wayne
continue to fight, and Julie is shocked by Wayne's jealousy
when she develops a friendship with Neil Duffy, who's
staying next door with Charlie. She sadly realises things
aren't going to work, and she calls the wedding off and
moves with her father to Melbourne.
First Appearance: Episode 218
Last Appearance: Episode 252
Fiona hires Bert to train Rosie's Hope,
the racehorse she buys on a whim when an old acquaintance
needs to get his hands on some money. The two of them
become close, but Bert's life is overshadowed by the fact
that he's a recovering alcoholic - his son has never forgiven
him for allowing a horse to drown when he was in too much
of a stupor to help it. Fiona tries to help Bert become
reconciled with his son and his family, but the attempt
backfires and Bert returns to the booze, despite promising
that he'd stay off it. He eventually decides that he can't
put Fiona through any more trauma and he disappears, leaving
a farewell message on Fiona's answerphone.