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A statue of the character Mary Poppins commemorates the author Pamela L.Travers, (real name Helen Lyndon Goff), who spent her some of childhood in Bowral. The statue was unveiled during Bowral's sesquicentenary in 2013 and commemorates a century since P.L. Travers lived in the town. 

P.L.Travers was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, on 9th August, 1899. Her family moved to Allora, when she was three. After the death of her father in 1907, the family moved to Bowral, New South Wales. Taking the name, Pamela Travers, she pursued a career on the stage, touring with a theatre company through regional New South Wales and New Zealand during 1921-22. By this time she had begun to write and publish poetry, as well as newspaper columns.

In February 1924, she fulfilled a long-held dream and sailed for England and Ireland and began her career as the writer, P.L. Travers. In 1933 she began writing her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins. Her popular books have been adapted many times, including the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and the Broadway musical originally produced in London's West End. She only ever returned once to visit Australia, for two weeks in 1963.


Address:Bowral Street, Glebe Park , Bowral, 2576
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.483816
Long: 150.424426
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Tanya Bartlett


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 6th December, 2013
Front Inscription
Mary Poppins Birthplace Statue
Sculptor: Tanya Bartlett

Bowral Sesquicentenary
A century since author P.L. Travers lived in our town
Source: MA
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