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Taken with my Lumix DMCTZ3

Pamela Lyndon Travers, author of the children’s book “Mary Poppins” lived at 61 Herbert Street, Allora, Queensland, Australia, as a child, and the town’s houses were the inspiration for the story’s setting.

Pamela was born in Maryborough, Queensland, on 9 August, 1899, to Travers Robert Goff and his wife, Margaret. She had three younger sisters, Helen, Barbara and Moya. The Goff family moved to Allora in 1905 when Travers became the manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank. The bank and the manager’s residence were at 61 Herbert Street, Allora. The bank chamber was entered through the long central hallway of the residence. The vault still remains were it was.
Travers Goff died on the 8th February, 1907, and was buried in Allora the next day. Helen Morehead, the girls’ great aunt arrived the following day and took the family to her home in Bowral, New South Wales. Helen lived there through her teenage years before moving to Sydney and a career as as actress and a writer. She moved to London in 1924 and ten years later published the first of the six illustrated Mary Poppins novels spanning 54 years. She took the name Travers as her last name as an adult because of the impact her father had made on her. Pamela would never return to Australia.

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I am a keen amateur photographer (progressing from a Brownie Box to digital) who loves to combine travel and photography. I have travelled extensively in Australia and New Zealand with other trips to parts of UK & Europe, USA, Africa, Scandinavia and Canada. My photography reflects my interest in culture, scenery and wildlife relating to these travels.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 3 years ago

    Oh, I didn’t know she was Australian… Thank you for sharing that.

    Lovely capture of this great looking house. I’d be quite content living in a beauty like this. :)

  • Hi Donna, I didn’t know either. Graeme and I tend to take drives into the country and take a guide book so we can check up if there is anything special in the towns we go through. Wouldn"t have known about it otherwise.

    – Margaret Hyde

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 3 years ago

    What a great idea! I’ll have to remember to do that. I tend to miss all the good sites.

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    This is so neat Margaret! Didn’t realize they were from Australia! Thanks for sharing! take care, Linda

  • HinLinda, thank you for your lovely comment.

    – Margaret Hyde

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

    Great photo Margaret. I knew P.L Travers was a Queenslander, but I didnt know she lived in Allora. I knew she lived in Maryborough and there is a beautiful old building in one of the main streets in town where she lived, and it’s now a tourist attraction for Maryborough, and they even have a statue of her outside on the footpath. Cheers, Graham.

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 2 years ago

    *in the challenge Something from west of Ipswich

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