There is some­thing about Mary

Chris Pritchard finds Mary­bor­ough is sim­ply su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - STORY TIME MARYBOROUGH -

A BRONZE statue of an um­brella-wield­ing English nanny isn’t what I ex­pect to find on a Queens­land street corner.

But there it is, where Rich­mond and Kent streets meet in Mary­bor­ough.

It cel­e­brates the town’s link to Mary Pop­pins.

And, make no mis­take, Mary Pop­pins is big in Mary­bor­ough.

This where P. L. Travers – who wrote the eight Mary Pop­pins books – was born in 1899. The name on her birth cer­tifi­cate was Helen Lyndon Goff ( she chose her pen name in adult­hood).

As a small child, she lived above the bank her fa­ther man­aged. Though it is now a pri­vate res­i­dence, plans ex­ist to trans­form it into a mu­seum.

Mind you, Mary Pop­pins is also huge in Mel­bourne.

A mu­si­cal, blend­ing el­e­ments of the 1964 hit film and the books, is the event-driven Vic­to­rian cap­i­tal’s main stage show of this year.

Ho­tels, air­lines and travel agen­cies of­fer pack­ages in­clud­ing the­atre tick­ets, ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel to Mel­bourne.

The­atri­cal events are a win­ner for Mel­bourne. Pack­ages for pre­vi­ous shows, in­clud­ing Cats and The Lion King, were pro­moted as far away as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Re­fer­ring to past pro­duc­tions, Vic­to­rian Premier John Brumby says:

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