There is something about Mary
Chris Pritchard finds Maryborough is simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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: