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Blog post from Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

To celebrate Children’s Book Week we are showcasing our unique collections which relate to iconic Australian authors of children’s books.

P.L. Travers author of Mary Poppins was born Helen Lyndon Goff, in Queensland, Australia on August 9th, 1899. She wrote Mary Poppins 80 years ago, in 1934, released as a Disney film, 50 years ago, in 1964, which was explored in the recent film, Saving Mr Banks.

Mary Poppins was Travers’ first literary success. A sequel, Mary Poppins Comes Back, followed in 1935. The tetralogy was completed with the publication of Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1944) and Mary Poppins in the Park (1952). Mary Poppins and the House Next Door was published in 1989.

P L Travers received the OBE in 1977 for services to literature, and died in 1996.

The State Library of New South Wales holds original manuscripts and photographs including, P L Travers papers, lectures and talks, plus Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Comes Back / coloured illustrations by Mary Shephard.

See Guide to the Papers of P L Travers.