45 Holly Street - The author's Bowral home

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Where did Mary Poppins come from?

45 Holly Street Bowral

This is the house where the Goff family lived during their 10-year residence in Bowral. Although the street numbering has altered, it has been researched and identified by local historian, John Simons, with assistance of P.L. Travers' personal photographs provided by Patricia Feltham, together with other archival documentation.

The house has the same essential architectural characteristics as it would have had during the time the Goffs lived there, though it has been sympathetically renovated and modernised, with an extension at the rear of the structure. The fireplace around which the genesis of the character that eventually became Mary Poppins took place is still intact and in working order.

 The creek that P.L Travers' mother, Margaret Goff, threatened to drown herself in can still be found at the rear of the property.


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Acknowledgements: The content on this website is indebted to many sources and attribution is given where possible. In particular, it draws on the biography of PL Travers by Valerie Lawson Out of the Sky She Came (1999) and conversations with a longtime friend of P.L. Travers, Patricia Feltham. But no inference should be drawn that this or any other attribution indicates endorsement by those individuals of the website's content. In particular, neither individual is making the claim that Bowral is the birthplace of Mary Poppins. Responsibility for that claim and all the website content is accepted by Paul McShane, Convenor - BookTown Australia info@booktown.com.au

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