Mary Poppins house

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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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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