Clive Gibbons Geoff
Clive Archibald Gibbons 1986-1987, 1989
Parents: Charles Gibbons
Siblings: Graham and Claire
Family Tree: Gibbons
Occupation: Doctor, Entrepreneur
Clive Gibbons caused problems for Max
Ramsay when he moved in No 22 Ramsay Street in 1986. Clive
was running a gorillagram agency from the house and Max did
not like that sort of carry on in 'his' street. They clashed
right from the first time they met but Clive's zany approach
to life and his caring nature ensured he won over all the
other residents of Ramsay Street. When her engagement to Des Clarke fell apart, Clive invited Daphne Lawrence to move into one of his spare
rooms. Clive was delighted to have company in what
Max always referred to as the 'Ape House' and he and Daphne
were joined there briefly by Daphne's best friend, Zoe Davis and
then by one of Daphne's employees, Mike Young, who was escaping
from his abusive father.
well as his gorillagram service, Clive joined forces with
Max's eldest son, Shane, to
form a gardening service called RAGGS (Ramsay and Gibbons
Gardening Service). But Clive's true profession was revealed
when he saved Max from choking, and his medical skills were tested again when young Lucy Robinson's
was stung by a bee on the neck and couldn't
breathe. With only a pen and the Robinsons' kitchen table,
Clive performed a tracheotomy on Lucy, saving
her life, and it was revealed that Clive had quit medicine when he made a medical error
which had led to the death of his girlfriend, Linda.
was put on Clive to start up his practice again when his brother
Graham - also a GP - visited with his wife, Kate and daughter
Vicki. As Graham settled in Erinsborough, Clive realised that
his brother would continue to badger him about returning to
medicine until he admitted to Graham the truth behind Linda's
death. This still did not stop Graham persevering with his
brother until Clive finally agreed to try again as a doctor.
The Gibbons' faced more problems when young Vicki witnessed
a robber at No. 22 one day while everyone was out. The burglar
threatened to kill Graham and Kate if Vicki said she had seen
him and little Vicki was left terrified by the experience.
When Clive and Graham finally caught the man, Graham decided
to move the family back to the peace and quiet of the country
and they left Clive at No. 22.
Whilst Graham and his family had been staying with him, Clive had
also received a visit from Louise, the sister
of his dead girlfriend, Linda. Louise's strong resemblance to Linda had
been difficult for Clive at first, but the pair had soon bonded, though Louise
stopped things from going any further, explaining that she had a boyfriend called
Nick back in England. Clive was upset, and Louise was left confused, finally admitting
that she and Nick had actually split up two months earlier, but she was just wasn't
ready for another relationship yet - especially when they were both so clearly on the
rebound. She then broke Clive's heart by leaving suddenly to return to England.
wasn't alone in the house for long, however. He had befriended
young mother Susan Cole when
she arrived in Erinsborough and when she needed a place to
live, Clive offered her lodgings at No. 22. Clive doted on
her baby, Sam, and slowly began to fall in love with Susan.
But she had fallen for the charms of her boss at The Daniels
Corporation where she worked as a secretary, Paul
Robinson. Susan and Paul embarked on a passionate fling,
much to Clive's dismay. But when his Uncle Ted came to visit,
Clive asked Susan to pose as his wife in order for Clive to
project an image of being a successful family man to his uncle.
Although reluctant, Susan agreed and for those few days, it
seemed to Clive as if all his dreams had been realised. But
he was soon brought back to reality when Ted saw Susan kissing
Paul and confronted Clive about his 'unfaithful wife'. Clive
was forced to come clean to Ted and it was back to reality
for him as Susan continued her relationship with Paul.
Paul rejected her, a jilted Susan was comforted by Clive and
he admitted he loved her. Desperately longing for some kind
of stability for her and Sam, Susan accepted a marriage proposal
from Clive. As Clive threw himself into wedding preparations
and plans for his future with Susan and Sam, Susan came to
realise that she didn't love Clive in the same way that he
loved her and she left Erinsborough with little Sam. Clive
dipped into a deep depression after this and took his anger
out on Paul, who he was convinced Susan still had strong feelings
for. Although he eventually bounced back, thanks to the love
and support of all his many friends in the street, he decided to make a
fresh start and move into the flat behind his surgery. And so, Clive left
Ramsay Street behind, although he kept in touch with his friends
over the years - even lending his beloved car, Bertha, to
Scott and Charlene
Robinson for their honeymoon.
made a brief return visit to the area in 1989 when he stayed
at the Clarkes' and struck up a friendship with madcap Melanie
Pearson, as well as catching the eye of Harold
Bishop's daughter, Kerry.
He also ironically gave old love rival Paul a shoulder to
cry on following the breakdown of his marriage. Then Clive
got a call from Graham who had been injured in an accident
and needed someone to run his surgery for a time in the country.
Never one to refuse a challenge, Clive bid farewell to Ramsay
Street once more for a fresh start in the outback.
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• Clive was a regular character for just over a year from 1986 to 1987, and also returned for a seven-week guest appearance in 1989