First Appearance: Episode 2 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 536 (1985)
Known Family: Husband (1) - Gordon Hamilton (divorced
1983); Son (by Martin Healy) - John Palmer; Daughter (by
Martin Healy) - Angela Hamilton; Husband (2) - Stephen
Morrell (divorced 1984); Husband (3) - David Palmer
Relationship with Martin Healy in the 1960s led
to birth of twins, John and Angela; Marriage to Gordon
Hamilton; Affair with James Sheppard during the 1960s,
while married to Gordon; Marriage to Stephen Morrell after
divorcing Gordon; Fling with Matt Kennedy, following separation
from Stephen; Fling with Jim O'Brien; Marriage to David
Palmer which effectively ends after Patricia 'dies' in
Rio de Janeiro
Patricia's storylines in Sons and Daughters
are numerous, normally devious and always fun to watch!
There are too many to go into in detail here, but the
following list gives a flavour of everyone's favourite
Patricia has to prevent her daughter, Angela, falling
in love with 'Scott Edwards' - who she discovers is really
John Palmer, the baby boy she abandoned shortly after
he was born, when she decided she couldn't cope with bringing
up two children, and therefore Angela's twin brother.
John coming back into Patricia's life leads to David Palmer
coming back into her life as well. An affair ensues -
but David breaks it off and returns to his wife, Beryl,
leaving Patricia devastated. She then manipulates events
with Gordon so that he tells her he wants a divorce. She
moves away to the Toorak mansion in Melbourne that she's
inherited from James Sheppard, with whom she had an affair
in the 1960s.
A further affair with David follows - but again, Patricia
is spurned. Furious at the way she's been treated, Patricia
reveals to David angrily that he's not really the twins'
father; it's actually Martin Healy, with whom she had
a fling while she was seeing David in the '60s. When John
finds out the truth about his paternity, he tracks Martin
down. Patricia and Martin begin a relationship - but Patricia
determines to take revenge on Martin after discovering
that he was seeing her sister, Margaret, at the same time
as he was seeing her twenty years earlier. When Martin
proposes marriage, Patricia says 'yes' - but she plots
to stand him up on their wedding day. Before things get
this far, though, Martin discovers what Patricia is planning.
Other events combine to lead him to commit suicide. Patricia
receives a suicide note in the post, but she burns it
and leaves David to be accused of murdering Martin, after
he's the one Angela finds with the body.
It isn't long after she meets Stephen Morrell that Patricia
marries him while on a trip to London. Back in Australia,
she has to cope with Stephen's mother, Dee, and the fact
that she has all the Morrell money while Stephen is virtually
penniless. Dee tells Patricia that she and Stephen will
only inherit a share of her wealth if they give her a
grandson. Patricia tries to destroy the will, but is outfoxed.
Dee dies suddenly from heart trouble - and Patricia is
horrified when all she and Stephen are left is a portrait
of Dee! Patricia tries several times to talk Stephen into
challenging the will, but he refuses. He also warns Patricia
that, unless she leaves things alone, their marriage is
Events become horribly clear when Stephen reveals that
he has a son - someone who would have been Dee's grandson
- all along: Andy Green. Patricia goes to see Andy to
talk him into challenging Dee's will - and is surprised
when he agrees. It then transpires, though, that Andy
isn't Stephen's son, but is really the son of
Roland Armstrong, Barbara Hamilton's (Stephen's sister)
first husband, leaving Patricia stranded again. Stephen
then catches Patricia in bed with psychiatrist, Matt Kennedy.
Stephen and Patricia separate - but Patricia determines
to make Stephen want to get back with her by faking events
so that it look like Terry Hansen has attacked her. The
plan works initially - but when Gordon tells her that
he has a witness who saw her leading Terry on before the
'attack', Patricia realises things aren't going to work
as she hoped. Stephen finds out the truth and tells Patricia
that their marriage is over for good. Patricia begins
to fall to pieces and Matt arranges for her to spend some
time in a care home.
After some time spent recuperating - including recovering
from Margaret's death when her heart gives out during
an operation following a light-'plane crash - Patricia
goes into business with Roger Carlyle. Roger provides
financial backing for a company she's setting up - and
he asks Patricia to give his son, Luke, a job on the quiet
(at his father's insistence, Luke is training to be a
lawyer, even though he doesn't really want to follow this
path). Patricia does as she's asked - but when Luke discovers
that her company is being financed by his father, he arranges
to embezzle every single penny. He tells Patricia what
he's done on the day she's due finally to marry David
Palmer. Patricia is left devastated and tells David that
she can't go through with the wedding.
A few days later, Luke is murdered, and Patricia finds
herself the number one suspect. The police release her
on bail, but Roger refuses to believe her plees of innocence
and determines to take revenge against her for killing
his son. He sends a hitman after her, and when he
fails to eliminate Patricia, he hires crooked surgeon,
Ross Newman, to befriend her and then try to kill her.
His attempts fail as well, though.
David and Patricia do finally marry, and Patricia concludes
that Jeff O'Brien was responsible for murdering Luke -
but she also realises that her problems are too much for
her and David to cope with, and she decides to flee Australia.
Without saying anything to David, she heads to the airport
and boards a flight to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. While
over there, she becomes involved with a thug and is beaten-up,
leaving her with nasty facial injuries. She has plastic
surgery - which not only helps heal the wounds, but also
leaves her looking completely different. A few months
later, Patricia decides to return to Australia under a
new identity - Alison Carr...