Louis Thomas Carpenter was born in October 1942 in Brisbane to Arthur Carpenter and his wife. Lou had a sister Brenda Carpenter. Lou went to school in Brisbane with Harold Bishop and Madge Ramsay, Madge being originally from Erinsborough, 500 miles away, who was sent to a school in Brisbane and stayed with relatives there. In 1963, Lou visited Hong Kong. He had a relationship with a woman there called Su Chan and got her pregnant. Lou returned to Australia without Su after she rejected his offer to come back with him. In 1964, Lou became a father to Ling Mai Chan. He never knew of her existance for the next 30 years.
Lou Carpenter arrived in Erinsborough in March 1988 to see Madge and Harold. Lou met Charlene Robinson. Lou heard that Harold was marrying Madge so Lou tried to stop the wedding. Madge chose Harold so Lou then went back to Brisbane.
In January 1992, a few months after Harold was presumed dead, Lou came to Erinsborough to comfort Madge. He also came to visit his sister Brenda. Lou decided to stay in Erinsborough. Lou set up a used car garage. In February 1993, Lou's daughter Lauren came to stay with him in Erinsborough. In April 1993, Lou's neighbour Jim Robinson died of a heart attack and Lou was worried that he would so started going to the gym.
Lou begun dating Cheryl Stark. They never married though. In 1995, Cheryl saw Lou with a young Oriental woman and presumed that he was having an affair. This woman was Ling Mai Chan. When confronted, Lou said "The girl you saw is my daughter". Ling Mai had tracked her father down. Lou told Cheryl about his time in Hong Kong in the 1960s and how he got a woman pregnant.
Birthday: 4 October 1942
Full Name: Louis Carpenter
Father Arthur Carpenter
Siblings Brenda Riley