Man in the Moon
The Story Behind This Artwork
Artist: Terry Tomlin
Location: First floor, Maryborough Library, 127-129 Bazaar St
Author of the Mary Poppins book series, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born Helen Lyndon Goff in the former Australian Joint Stock Bank in Maryborough’s Central Business District on 9 August 1899.
The location is marked by a bronze statue of the beloved character and pedestrian lights featuring fun Mary Poppins silhouettes. Goff grew up in the Australian bush before attending boarding school in Sydney.
She migrated to England at the age of 25 and began writing Mary Poppins in 1933 under the pen name P.L. Travers. In Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, she says everything that is lost on earth is up on the moon and the man on the moon is the keeper.