P. L. Travers in the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, circa 1924.
State Library of New South Wales
Today would have been the 121st birthday of the Australian creator of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers.
Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland on the 9th of August 1899, she moved to Bowral, New South Wales in 1907.
As an adult she travelled Australia and New Zealand, and later England as an actress, changing her name to Pamela Lyndon Travers.
Travers created Mary Poppins while renting a cottage in Sussex, England in 1933, and the first book was published in 1934.
The eighth and final book in the series was published in 1988.
Travers died, aged ninety-six, in April of 1996.