Maryborough, Queensland has a unique link to the world's most famous nanny that no other place in the world can claim.
It all started in a bedroom in the manager’s residence above a bank building in Maryborough in 1899, when the bank manager's wife gave birth to a baby girl named Helen Lyndon Goff.
After spending the first few years of her life here, her family moved to Brisbane then Ipswich, Allora, Bowral and then Sydney.
As a young woman in the 1920s she moved to London and took the name Pamela Travers for her writing. It was under that name that she wrote the successful Mary Poppins books that lead to fortune and fame - and one of the most successful movies of all times.
The first ‘Mary Poppins’ novel about the magical and exceedingly efficient nanny was an immediate success and the Mary Poppins series - there were eight books in total - went on to be translated into more than 20 languages.
Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff) (9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996), was an Australian-born British novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical nanny Mary Poppins. Her popular series has been adapted many times, including in the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, and in the new Broadway musical which originally was produced in London's West End.
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