Category Archives: Uncategorized

Theories on Mary Poppins Statue Mystery Movement

The most entertaining explanation received so far for the mysterious transformation of the Mary Poppins Birthplace Statue from facing west to facing east was published in the Southern Highlands News. It was offered by sisters Gabrielle and Rosanna Smyth.

Grandchildren of Joan Smyth, Gabrielle (6) and Rosana (4) Smyth have an extraordinary theory to explain Mary Poppins' switch-aroo. Photo suppied

Grandchildren of Joan Smyth, Gabrielle (6) and Rosana (4) Smyth have an extraordinary theory to explain Mary Poppins’ switch-aroo. Photo suppied

SMYTH-sisters-togetherMary Dances in the Street: Southern Highlands News 7 May 2014

Their grandmother Joan Smyth wrote:

Gabrielle and Rosana  Smyth ( 6 and 4 ) , my grandchildren from Sydney, who had visited Mary when she first appeared in our park, were quite mystified by her changed position and couldn’t wait to ‘show and tell’  their parents all about it last weekend ! 
Their idea was that Mary had come to life one night and danced around the playground having fun, until the morning light was appearing, when she quickly jumped back up onto the pedestal to be ready for the first children of the day. Unfortunately she had too much fun during her adventures and too much lemonade, which made her “fizzy dizzy” and she turned the wrong way when she became still again ! 
They are sure she is not  upset though because she can see the children playing all day in the playground and that is much better than just looking out across the park. 
What do you think ??
Other explantions have tended to focus on possible human intervention:
Good morning.
I was reading in the southern highlands news that the Mary poppins statue has moved position.
My mother took my children there the other day and they noticed there were lots of other peoples children climbing all over the statue and using it as a cricket pitch. My mother said this put a lot of stress on the statue and the statue was moved out of place.
This could be the reason it has moved.
Children should be told not to treat such a beautiful sculpture, a work of art, in this way. I am an artist and if I saw children or anyone treating my art in this way I would be very upset.
Melanie Kirton
and there seems to be some corroboration for this theory:
My wife & I walked through the park, last Thursday and noticed a family playing cricket, all were dotted around Mary poppins, and the base Mary stands on was their stumps,next minute one of the children climbed to the top of Mary’s head & photos were taken, this caught the attention of others who wanted their photo with Mary. I thought they shouldn’t do that, Mary poppins stands on one foot to the base, it is dangerous to be climbing all over it. Maybe Mary needs to have an old English fence around the circle….yours Nigel Mckeown.
[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

“Saving Mr Banks” movie highlights Australian origins of PL Travers and Mary Poppins

The recently released Disney movie “Saving Mr Banks” starring Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney highlights the Australian origins of the creator of fictional character Mary Poppins.

The film’s flashback scenes to her childhood in Queensland that feature young actress Annie Buckley are apparently in the period before her father’s death in 1907. PL Travers was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough in 1899 but only stayed there 2-3 years before her father (played by Colin Farrell) was demoted in his role as a bank clerk / manager to Allora on the Darling Downs. After her father’s death in early 1907 the mother and three daughters relocated to the town of Bowral in the state of New South Wales, about 128 kilometres (80 miles) southwest of Sydney. The family lived here for 10 years, the longest period of residence in a single location for the family during the time P.L. Travers was in Australia. The modest Holly Street cottage they lived in was provided for by the wealthy family matriarch Great Aunt Ellie (played in “Saving Mr Banks” by Rachel Griffiths). Lyndon Goff was seven years old when she moved here and about 17 years old when she left.

This was a sad and difficult period of her life following the death of her father and her mother appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown, with an attempted suicide attempt, probably around July 1910. Research now strongly suggests it was during this period that she created the character of Mary Poppins as a bedtime story for her younger sisters, almost certainly modelled in large part on her Great Aunt Ellie. Her imagination seems to have synthesised many elements of her childhood and surroundings to create the magical nanny. One of the fears for Lyndon Goff was the family splitting apart even more so than it was and the character of Mary Poppins was a remedy for that fear. Later in life Travers admitted her time in Bowral was when Mary Poppins first emerged from her imagination, even publishing a story as teenager in a small magazine featuring the character.

Disney's movie "Saving Mr Banks" highlights the Australian origins of PL Travers and Mary Poppins

Click to see trailer for  Disney’s movie “Saving Mr Banks” which highlights the Australian origins of PL Travers and Mary Poppins