Maggie Hancock Sally
Marital Status: Evan Hancock
Children: Leo, Francesca and Emily
Family Tree: Hancock
Occupation: Law Student
Warm and compassionate, Maggie
was in her late 20s when she met Evan Hancock. Surprisingly,
she was willing to take on this divorcee with two children
and soon they were married and expecting a child of their
own. Leo was born in 1987. A few years later, Francesca came
along and the Hancock family was complete. Sadly, their happiness
was to be cut short. At just two years old, Francesca tragically
drowned in the family's swimming pool after Leo accidentally
left the gate open. Naturally, this loss hit Maggie extremely
hard and she struggled to recover from it.
Emily was born. Although she would never truly get over Francesca's
death, things began to feel normal for Maggie again. She took
on a part-time job as a legal secretary, which led her to
decide to go to university and study law. Having only one
parent working and four kids to look after was an enormous
strain, but Evan was very supportive and they all somehow
managed to cope. Maggie felt that most lawyers were corporate
sharks in suits and she wanted to be able to fight in the
corner of the underdog.
2001, Evan got a teaching job at Erinsborough High and the
Hancocks moved into Number 32. Maggie was immediately sent
into a panic when, as the family were moving in, she realised
Leo was missing. They drove around town searching for him,
even returning to their old house, eventually he was found
in the pub by Toadie and
reunited with his parents. Maggie was pleased to find out
that Toadie was also in his final year of law and the two
soon struck up a friendship. At the time, Toadie was facing
prosecution over a supposedly subversive broadcast he had
made on one of his UniFM radio broadcasts, and Maggie helped
Toadie with his court case, proving herself to have an excellent
the years, Maggie had become close to her step-sons, particularly
Matt, and was more like a mate
than a stepmother. Maggie's relationship with Evan's ex-wife,
Geneveive, wasn't quite so rosy. Maggie always tried to be
pleasant, but Geneveive would deliberately put Maggie down,
belittling her beliefs and lifestyle.
long after arriving in Ramsay Street, Maggie had to go through
the painful experience of the anniversary of Francesca's death.
While Leo was still blaming himself, Maggie continued to reassure
him that he was not to blame. Maggie was surprised when Dione
revealed that Leo had spoken to her about it, after Dee had
been through a similar experience with Louise
legal skills came in useful once again when Libby
decided to sue The Chronicle for unfair dismissal.
Toadie, then working for the lawyers representing the paper,
was unable to help due to a clash of loyalties, but Maggie
was eager to at least try and fight the big business. Karl
wasn't too happy about Libby's legal action since she was
pregnant at the time but ended up taking his frustrations
out on Maggie, who he didn't think had adequate experience
to tackle such a case. Maggie was upset by this, but understood
when Libby eventually decided to take an out-of-court settlement,
rather than further risk her health.
Maggie was busy helping her new neighbours, her husband was
making enemies of them. Maggie was distraught as she realised
that Evan was feuding with most of the street, Joe
Scully and Karl Kennedy in particular. It seemed that
his strong opinions regarding pretty much everything were
at odds with the laid-back nature of life in Ramsay Street.
Maggie didn't help matters by putting her garbage in the Kennedy's
bin, but she was essentially just looking for a quiet life.
The rivalry resulted in a tennis match between the Scullys
and Hancocks, with Maggie and Lyn
taking it far less seriously than their husbands.
family troubles hit Maggie when Emily went missing. As the
family had been hit by severe financial difficulties, matters
were made worse when Emily lost a pair of expensive earrings,
which she had found in a packing crate (which the Hancocks
had been given by mistake after moving in). After Leo blamed
Emily for everything, she ran off and boarded a bus, which
took her out into the country. When the driver opened the
door, Emily ran off and the driver reported the incident.
The police connected this to Emily's disappearance and the
Hancocks went to join the search. Maggie's fears were growing
by the second, she had already lost one daughter and couldn't
cope with history repeating itself. As the search went on,
Maggie was beginning to lose hope when Leo turned up, having
been given the train fare by Michelle.
Maggie was furious at first, but delighted when Leo found
Hancocks were relieved to have Emily back safe and sound,
but shocked when they became the subject of an investigation
by social services. It seemed that after Emily running away,
and two instances of Leo taking off on his own, there may
be something more sinister going on in the Hancock household.
Maggie and Evan were shocked by the allegations but after
a visit from a social worker, who spoke to Leo, Emily and
neighbour Susan Kennedy, the
investigation was dropped.
the Hancocks continued to have trouble with the neighbours.
When they discovered that they'd need a new fence, they realised
they couldn't afford it. However, they tried to make Lou
pay for it, since he owned the house on the other side, Number
30, leading to Evan and Lou falling out.
Maggie continued her final year at uni, she also took on some
extra work at a legal firm. This meant spending less and less
time at home, something Evan resented her for. Maggie began
to feel guilty, something that only worsened when she and
Evan suspected that Leo had been taking drugs. They decided
to go through his school locker, looking for evidence of this,
but even when Leo caught them, they were still no closer to
discovering the truth. However, Matt followed Leo one day
and discovered the truth he was learning to breakdance.
When they also learnt that Leo was writing essays for other
kids to help fund these lessons, Leo was banned from breakdancing,
causing a huge rift between him and Evan.
guilt worsened when Emily began to complain about feeling
ill. For weeks, she complained about having an earache, but
Karl couldn't find anything wrong. It wasn't until Emily was
almost run over and given some ice cream to cheer her up that
Karl realised she actually had a problem with her tooth. Maggie's
problems with Emily continued as she tried to throw away Emily's
paintings, which adorned the walls of the kitchen.
all her problems at home, Maggie found it difficult to concentrate
on her studies, resulting in her failing one of her exams,
due to not getting a 'special consideration' form handed in
on time. After a few weeks of worrying and eventually pleading
her case, Maggie was allowed to graduate and began her articles
at a small law firm called Cox & Associates, along with
Toadie, though the eponymous 'Associates' proved to be sorely
lacking. Maggie didn't notice that Toadie was beginning to
develop a crush on her. When she found out he liked someone
at work, she assumed it was Meredith the sandwich girl and
tried to set the two of them up. At home, Maggie and Evan
were growing apart. After Matt bought himself a car and had
a huge falling out with Evan, Maggie found it difficult to
support her husband, accusing him of wanting to control the
family. Maggie was also uncomfortable when Geneveive emerged
once more, looking for support from Evan when her relationship
broke down and she had a breast cancer scare.
Matt moved into Number 30, Maggie got closer to Toadie, asking
him to try and help patch things up between Matt and Evan.
Toadie decided to take the opportunity to tell Maggie how
he felt, one night while they were working at Number 30. He
stood and told Maggie everything, but she had been using headphones
and was oblivious to his declaration. Unfortunately, Matt
overheard the entire thing, causing more tension. Toadie realised
he'd have to say something sooner or later and so, a week
later, he blurted the whole thing out to Maggie. She was stunned
and it caused tension for them at work, leading Toadie to
almost quit his job.
was losing his grip on the family as he argued with Leo over
him going to a breakdancing competition in Adelaide and also
grew further apart from Matt. The problems in the family caused
Maggie to grow closer to Toadie and she eventually admitted
to him that she felt the same way. As the pair leaned in for
a kiss, Evan burst in with the news that Matt and Leo had
been in a car accident, missing their contact by a split-second.
Matt faced a court case after running down Harold
in an illegal drag race, Maggie realised things were very
serious. She and Evan discussed the possibility of selling
the house, in order to cover the legal fees they were about
to face. The problems worsened when Matt ran away from the
hospital, only letting Leo know where he was. When policewoman
Terri Hall finally found him, Matt was taken to prison but
later released on bail. While Evan was on the verge of disowning
his son over the whole business, Maggie disagreed, offering
her support. As the Hancocks made the decision to sell up,
Maggie realised her loyalties had to lie with her family.
when Toadie decided to go away for a few weeks, he knew Maggie
might not be there when he returned. She went to see him and
they talked about what might have been, Toadie leaned in for
a kiss and a horrified Maggie pushed him away, telling him
she had to stick by her family now. Before he went, Toadie
wrote her a letter, explaining his feelings. A letter which
was intercepted by Emily. The Hancocks had been receiving
a lot of letters of support from people in Erinsborough and
Emily was sitting reading them out to everyone when she started
reading Toadie's letter. Evan was horrified to learn about
the feelings between his wife and Toadie and walked out on
her. Upon his return, Maggie explained her feelings for Toadie,
saying he made her feel alive. Evan said he felt like less
of a man and he told Maggie he wanted a divorce.
Hancocks had managed to sell their house, albeit at a knockdown
price, to Mal Kennedy, moving
to stay with Maggie's parents in Albury while they got back
on their feet. As their last day in Ramsay Street dawned,
Maggie and Evan realised they had to resolve things. They
had spoken to Matt's QC and it looked like he might escape
without a jail sentence and they could see the effect that
all the bad feeling was having on Leo and Emily. They decided
that leaving Ramsay Street would be a fresh start for all
of them and they gathered a few neighbours at Number 32 for
a farewell drink.
But before Maggie left, she wrote a letter to Toadie, explaining her
feelings - a letter that Toadie lost and never managed to read after Bob the
dog got hold of it. A few months later, Dione found the letter while spring
cleaning, but she kept it to herself. Some months later, Toadie found the
letter after splitting up with Dee. After reading it, it made him realise
that while Maggie had just been a fling, Dee was his true love, and he vowed
to win her back.
3999: The Hancocks' Departure