Lisa Elliot Kate
Occupation: Teacher at Erinsborough High School
Elliot arrived in Erinsborough in early 1997 as the new science
teacher at the high school. When Susan found out that Lisa
needed somewhere to stay and that the housemates at Number
30 were looking for someone to share the rent, a new Ramsay
Street resident was born.
got on particularly well with Catherine
O’Brien, both of them being interested in environmental
issues. As well as her housemates, Lisa also formed a firm
friendship with her boss, Susan
Kennedy. During her short time living on Ramsay Street,
Lisa frequently found herself reprimanding her students and
also on the receiving end of a few of their pranks. These
included boot polish on the bike seat on her first day and
a nasty caricature drawn by Lance
with Sarah also led to some
comic situations as the pair of them found themselves chasing
the mysterious Alex, while also searching for a new housemate.
Alex was soon forgotten, probably due to his tendency to wear
white socks. Meanwhile, Lisa had offered the spare room to
Darren Stark. Sarah was not happy about this development.
Darren had, only weeks earlier, nearly ruined Mal
Kennedy’s relationship with Sarah’s sister, Cath. The
girls soon made up and also found a new housemate in the form
of Ben Atkins.
long after, Lisa found herself being persuaded to let Lou
coach her netball team. Lisa took it all very seriously and
was devastated when the team lost the all-important final.
Her spirits were raised by the team arriving in Ramsay Street
on Lou’s bus chanting ‘Lisa! Lisa!’ but unfortunately, Lisa’s
depression continued. Lisa spent her days moping around the
house but found some sympathy from Sarah, who had recently
got the job as Karl’s receptionist. After hearing Lisa’s symptoms
and consulting some of Karl’s
medical journals, Sarah diagnosed her friend with an over-active
thyroid. Upon hearing about this, Karl was not happy with
his receptionist doing the diagnosing, and after a few choice
words from her GP, Lisa was back to her old self.
Lisa’s time in Ramsay Street was soon to end. Billy
was suspicious of Lisa’s marking methods, as he received the
same mark from her time after time, regardless of the quality
of his work. By writing ‘Lisa is a numb-nut’ in his latest
assignment, Billy proved that Lisa wasn’t reading her student’s
work, leading to an investigation from Susan and Lisa quitting
her job. She later admitted to Susan that she wasn’t cut out
for teaching and set about finding a new job. Lisa was thrilled
to be offered a job in the research labs at the University
of Hobart, Tasmania, but also saddened as it would mean leaving
behind her friends in Ramsay Street. After little persuasion,
she accepted the job and prepared to leave. However, there
was one more issue to be put to rest before she left, namely
the unresolved sexual tension between herself and her housemate
the day of Lisa’s leaving party, Ben overheard her on the
phone talking to her mother. While she was simply referring
to Ben’s impressive skills as a mechanic, he thought she was
interested in him in another way and planned to confront her
at the party. Rather than say anything though, Ben simply
kissed her. She was taken aback, but admitted that, had she
not been about to leave, she might have been interested in
a relationship. And so, the next morning, after selling her
stuff at a garage sale, Lisa said goodbye to Sarah and Ben,
made up with Susan and drove out of Ramsay Street for good.
Kate Straub was given the role of Lisa after being spotted
by producers in the audience of Australian tv show Hey
Hey It’s Saturday.