Mike Young Guy Pearce
Michael 'Mike' James Young 1986-1989
and Barbara Young
Family Tree: Young
Occupation: Student, Teacher at Erinsborough High School
Young and his mother Barbara lived in constant fear of being
beaten by Mike's violent father David throughout Mike's childhood.
This led to Mike growing into a quiet young man who never
socialised much until he began high school where he became
good friends with Scott Robinson
and Charlene Mitchell.
It was his friendship with Scott that brought Mike to Ramsay
Street where Scott's next-door neighbour, Daphne
Clarke befriended him and took him under her wing, giving
him a part-time job at her coffee shop. Mike was able to talk
to Daphne and her husband Des
about his problems and when Daphne realised that Mike was
being abused by his father, she tried to help Mike and his
mother to get away from David. But Barbara was so fearful
of her violent husband that she didn't have the courage to
make the break. Mike, on the other hand, was determined not
to live a life of violence and fear anymore and when Des and
Daphne offered to become Mike's legal guardians, he accepted
and moved in with them at No. 28.
blossomed for Mike when he fell for Scott's cousin Nikki Dennison
and the two dated before Nikki left Erinsborough. True love
arrived on Mike's doorstep, however, when Jane
Harris moved in with her grandmother, Mrs.
Mangel, at No. 32. Jane instantly fell for Mike but he
was slow to realise his feelings due to Jane's plain image
and demure nature. But after Daphne and Scott's gran, Helen
Daniels, gave Jane a makeover for the school dance, Mike
saw a different side to Jane and they began seeing each other.
Mrs. Mangel was none too pleased with her granddaughter's
choice of boyfriend and the final straw came when she began
to receive letters about Mike's 'reputation' with other girls
at school. Mrs. Mangel was shocked to think Mike might be
leading Jane astray and prevented the two from seeing eachother.
Daphne came to the rescue when she caught school bitch Sue
Parker posting one of the malicious letters through Mrs. Mangel's
door. Sue admitted to Mrs. Mangel that she had been lying
about Mike in the letters because she was jealous of Jane's
relationship with him and Mrs. Mangel had no choice but to
let Mike and Jane continue with their relationship.
obstacles got in their way when Nikki Dennison returned to
Ramsay Street. Mike comforted Nikki as she struggled to come
to terms with the fact that her mother, Laura, had been diagnosed
with Multiple Sclerosis, leading Jane to become jealous of
their closeness. Nikki did her best to split the pair up and
win Mike back but was unsuccessful and went to America
to take care of her mother.
too, showed a jealous side to his nature when Shane
Ramsay became attracted to Jane having been lost in the
bush with her. And although Jane too recognised a strong bond
between her and Shane after their experience, she convinced
Mike that he was the only guy for her and that Shane would
never be anything other than a friend. After they completed
their HSC, Jane embarked on an international modelling career
while Mike decided he wanted to become a teacher and started
at university. The new and separate lives the two began to
lead resulted in them splitting up but it was an amicable
agreement and they remained close friends.
struck for Mike when Daphne was killed in a car crash. Mike's
grief was made worse by the guilt he felt at not having been
around in the final weeks of Daphne's life, as he had been
away and unable to be contacted. Mike was so overwrought that
he began to track down the two thugs who had crashed into
Daphne's car and when he finally caught up with them, he attacked
them, subsequently facing assault charges. Jane was there
to comfort Mike at such an emotional time but although Mike
was still attracted to Jane, nothing developed between them.
finished at uni, Mike landed a job teaching Maths at his old
school, Erinsborough High where one of his students, a 16
year-old girl called Jessie Ross, admitted to Mike that she,
like Mike in his day, was the victim of an abusive father.
Mike helped Jessie come to terms with the trauma of having
a violent father, even confronting Douglas Ross himself on
one occasion. Mike and Jessie became very close and their
emotions peaked with a kiss one afternoon when Mike was tutoring
Jessie after school. The school principal, Mr. Muir, caught
the pair and angrily suspended Mike. Needing to get away from
Erinsborough for a while, Mike rode off on his motorbike and
didn't return for a couple of months.
his eventual return to Ramsay Street, Mike was faced with
a number of changes that had occurred during his absence.
Des and Jane had forged a strong friendship since he had seen
them last and Bronwyn Davies,
who he had briefly dated, was now staying at No. 28 with her
new lover, Henry Ramsay. Mike
became irritable and moody as he settled back in but the real
reason for his mood swings were made clear when Jenny Owens
came to visit him. It turned out that Mike and Jenny had become
quite close in the time Mike was away from Erinsborough but
their happiness was cut short when Jenny and Mike were riding
on his motorbike and had an accident. Jenny fell from the
back of the bike and was left with severe spinal injuries
leaving her paralysed from the waist down and confined to
a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Mike blamed himself
for what had happened to Jenny and could never bring himself
to accept it was just an accident. Jenny finally convinced
him it was not his fault before she left for treatment at
a rehab clinic.
Des and Jane's friendship had become more serious and they
started seeing each other, much to the surprise of the neighbours.
Generally, however, most of the local residents were pleased
to see the widowed Des finally find some happiness - despite
the slight age difference. Mike, on the other hand, was completely
disgusted that Des, who he treated like a father figure, and
Jane, his childhood sweetheart, would do such a thing to him.
He refused to give them his blessing and after a major bust-up
with Des, left Erinsborough. He returned to quite a significant
occasion in the street - an engagement party at the Robinson
house for Des and Jane. Mike interrupted the party by voicing
his concerns about the proposed union and relations between
him and Des were further strained. It took quite a while before
Mike finally accepted that Jane and Des were in love and he
eventually made his peace with the two, after a long talk
Des and Jane engaged, Mike began to feel more and more as
though there wasn't much left for him in Erinsborough. Daphne
was dead, Des and Jane were getting on with their lives and
even Scott and Charlene had moved away. And when Mike received
word that his mother had been in a plane crash in Western Australia - his
father had since died in the intervening years - Mike decided
to join her and help her to recover, leaving Ramsay Street
behind once and for all.
• Mike turned 21 on June 14th 1989