Bob Watson Brendan O'Connor
Bob Watson 2004
When owner Malcolm Kennedy decided to sell 32 Ramsay Street, the Hoyland family, who were renting the property, decided to buy it. As auctioneer Bob Watson got the sale of the house under way, Max Hoyland was confident that he could buy the house, within his price range of $350,000. However, what he didn’t realise was that his former friend, Gus Cleary, was in town and intent on getting revenge on Max for once firing him from his job and, as he saw it, ruining his life. Having found out Max’s limit, Gus phoned in his bids, watching the auction closely, and gradually pushing Max up and over his limit, until he was forced to pay $380,000 to keep his home. A couple of months later, Bob was the auctioneer when another Ramsay Street residence, number 30, was up for auction. Owner Lou Carpenter was forced to sell after finding himself in serious debt and tried to get his friend Valda Sheergold to bid against Toadie Rebecchi, who lived there with housemates Connor O’Neill and Stuart Parker – with the three of them planning to buy their home together. Although Toadie faced another bidder, Valda didn’t turn up until the last minute, then decided she didn’t want the house after all, and Toadie ended up buying it for $385,000.
• Brendan O'Connor previously appeared in 1993 as a prison guard, and in 2001 as Richard King and Geoff Hillier
• He returned in 2006 as Jim Hobbs and in 2007 in the recurring role of Erinsborough News editor Brad Jordan