45 Holly Street - The author's Bowral home
A website site that answers the question:
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.
Click on one of the links below to find out more...
Spit spot! Tell me the short version of the Mary Poppins Birthplace story please!
|Who is Mary Poppins?||Melissa McShane & The Mary Poppins Plaza idea|
|Who was P.L. Travers and what is her connection with Australia?||45 Holly Street - The author's Bowral home|
|Bowral - Birthplace of Mary Poppins?||The Mary Poppins Birthplace Parade Float|
|Mary Poppins - the books||Literary Prize and other projects|
|Southern Highlands BOOKtrail & Australia's First Book Town|
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