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The Goff house at 45 Holly Street Bowral, still much as it was in 1907-17

The Goff house at 45 Holly Street Bowral, still much as it was in 1907-17

This is the house where the Goff family lived during their 10-year residence in Bowral. Although the street numbering has altered, it has been researched and identified by local historian, John Simons, with assistance of P.L. Travers’ personal photographs provided by Patricia Feltham, together with other archival documentation.

The house has the same essential architectural characteristics as it would have had during the time the Goffs lived there, though it has been sympathetically renovated and modernised, with an extension at the rear of the structure. The fireplace around which the genesis of the character that eventually became Mary Poppins took place is still intact and in working order.

The creek that P.L Travers’ mother, Margaret Goff, threatened to drown herself in can still be found at the rear of the property.