The Mary Poppins Project

Did you know that the creator of Mary Poppins, the world's most loved nanny, lived in Bowral? There is mounting evidence that PL Travers actually came up with the idea for the magical Miss Poppins some 100 years ago when she lived in Holly Street, just a few doors down from a young Don Bradman and nearby to Bowral's famous Bradman Oval.

SHYAC is leading the campaign to have Bowral recognised as the Birthplace of Mary Poppins and have a statue erected at
Bowral's world-famous Bradman Oval and has set up a special trust fund just for this purpose. We conducted a world-wide vote for the preferred Mary Poppins statue design in 2010. The chosen design is by Australian sculptor Tanya Bartlett.

More information at the Mary Poppins Birthplace page on Facebook and the dedicated website.

Check out this Channel 7 Story featuring Bowral!

How you can participate
  • Become a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze business sponsor. Find out about the costs and benefits by downloading a PDF.
  • Register as a Mary Poppins supporter to receive more information.
  • Use the donate button below to contribute to the statue (donations over $2 are tax deductible).

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Bradman Oval MockUp

We did it! In one of the most magical days anyone is likely to experience, 2115 umbrellas were raised for 10 minutes to form the biggest ever umbrella mosaic.
This was followed by a 5 minute dance (the Hokey Pokey) in an attempt on the
Largest Umbrella Dance record.

With at least three helicopters overhead (incl Nine & Ten TV News and
Peter Clisdell from the Berrima Aero Club), the world was watching the NSW southern highlands town of Bowral welcome Mary Poppins back to her spiritual birthplace around 100 years ago.

Here is the photographic proof!

Photo: Clint Crawley    Pilot: Peter Clisdell

An estimated 500 stayed or returned for the outdoor cinema screening of Disney's 1964 movie Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. And many more turned up for the spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Mittagong McDonalds and Tourism Southern Highlands. 

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Click to generate your Participation Certificate here.

SHYAC is also producing an official souvenir poster for sale as a fundraiser.
So watch out for that soon.
Not only will it be printed in high resolution on quality paper but you will be able
to zoom in to find your own umbrella and have it printed as an inset enlargement
beside the aerial photo.
If you were not a participant but would like to buy a poster email us

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