Walter Bertram was a character in Home And
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Mr. Walter Bertram Summer Bay High School Principal (pictured 1988)

Away from Episode 2 (19 January 1988) to October 1988. He was the principal of Summer Bay High School. Walter was revealed to be the Summer Bay Nutter after suffering a brain tumour. Walter in the first years stated that he was retiring the next year. Retirement age at the time was about 60, he was born in about 1928.

Walter was played by late Australian veteran actor, Owen Weingott.


Walter Bertram
Character Profile
Birthday: never stated (about 1928/29)
Birthplace: Australia
Mother: Mrs Bertram
Occupation: School Principal at Summer Bay High School
Played By: Owen Weingott


Walter Bertram was born in 1928. He lived in Summer Bay for many years. His mother Mrs. Bertram owned a house in the area which resembled Summer Bay House. Walter never married or had any children.

Walter was the principal of Summer Bay High School from the 1960s onwards. By 1988 he had been the principal for 20 years or more. He had expelled delinquents Martin Dibble and Lance Smart in about 1985.


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Walter Bertram, is revealed as the Summer Bay Nutter

In January 1988, Walter Bertram reinstated expelled pupil Bobby Simpson much to the dismay of Vice Principal Donald Fisher. Only a day or so later, as he was backing out of the school entrance in his car, due to Carly Morris releasing the handbrake as a prank, the lorry that Martin Dibble and Lance Smart was using crashed into Bertram's car and he sustained a broken arm and some internal injuries. Donald wanted to become headmaster as he knew Walter was nearing retirement age. In March 1988 Don seemed happy that he may be headmaster but Walter visited Don in his office to say he would be returning next week. Don was a bit peeved at this and Bertram giving him a few tasks such as announcing it on the tannoy. Walter returned but was later admitted to hospital suffering with severe headaches. Don was gleeful when he was appointed headmaster in May 1988.

Due to after effects of the accident, Walter starting terrorising the neighbourhood, unaware of what he was doing. He poisoned Nico Pappas cow Jessie, smashed up his bike and even torched The Community Hall. He was nicknamed as "The Summer Bay Nutter" before the identity of the Nutter was revealed. In May 1988 Walter realised everything what he had done. Walter later recouperated and moved in with Colleen Smart after singer John Farnham visited Summer Bay. What happened to Walter after he was last mentioned in 1990 is uncertain.

Whether Walter is still living or died has never been established, but as of 2018 it is likely he has passed away by some years ago, if he is still living he would be around 90 years old now

Memorable infoEdit

Date of birth: about 1928

Full Name: Walter Bertram