The Mary Poppins Birthplace Parade Float

A website site that answers the question:

Where did Mary Poppins come from?


At 1pm on Saturday 24th September 2005 at the Bowral Tulip Time Parade, the "Bowral Birthplace of Mary Poppins" float will be launched. The aim is use it at various parades and community events, both in the Southern Highlands and elsewhere, to increase the awareness of the special connection Bowral has with the Mary Poppins story and its author.

The parade float has been made possible with the support, financial and otherwise, of the following sponsors. BookTown Australia sincerely appreciates their contribution to the parade float and thanks them on behalf of the community. Please show your own appreciation by giving them patronage. Click on the name link for more information and contact details.

TE Cabinets Cabinet-maker, customised kitchens
Elf Signs Signwriting
Southern HighlandsTheatre School of Ballet Dance tuition - ballet, tap, jazz, latin...
Janeks Coffee shop - Corbett Plaza
White Canoe Coffee shop - Corbett Plaza
The Cheese Store Specialist cheese shop
Jones The Grocer Specialist grocery store
The Scoopful Bowral The Natural Food Store
BiblioQuest International Out-of-Print Book Searching
Signwriter, Erl Fischer, at work on the billboards Applying the lettering - and it was a spectacular result!
Margaret Sherriff's dancers at rehearsal (that's Margaret being shy at the back right) The project would not have been possible without the help and sponsorship of Tony Elias, pictured here with daughter (and sound manager!), Sarah.


Click on one of the links below to find out more...

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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