Mary on the Move! A spoonful of mystery and maybe some magic

Regional Fairfax newspaper the Southern Highlands News has a front page story yesterday on a mystery that has been quietly under investigation these past few weeks. But it couldn’t stay secret for much longer.

The Mary Poppins Birthplace Statue unveiled on the 8th December 2013 was facing west. Somehow at some time since then the statue has shifted orientation to now face east. It was first noticed on 21st March 2014 by George the labradoodle while on an early morning walk with his owner Terry Oakes-Ash.

The available photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts suggest the swivel happened during that week. The statue has not been damaged and there appears no evidence of attempts at vandalism. Some reports have been received of children climbing on the statue but the engineers who oversaw the installation have ruled that out as a cause.

The situation is perplexing as the statue weighs hundreds of kilograms and is set on a large granite plinth that is secured to a concrete foundation extending almost two metres in depth.

If you have any information on how this happened or a theory as to what might explain the rotation please leave a message below.

Photo: Photographic evidence that the Mary Poppins Birthplace Statue has shifted position sometime before 21st March 2014

“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”

― P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins