The Proud Marys
The Proud Marys are an international assocation for women whose name contains 'Mary' or a derivative.
The organisation was formed in Maryborough in 1999 with a small band of volunteers determined to raise the profile of Maryborough as the birthplace of PL Travers.
Their annual Morning Tea was the catalyst for the Mary Poppins Festival, believed to be the first in the world in honour of Mary Poppins and her creator.
The Proud Marys members were also the driving force behind the Mary Poppins statue, erected in Richmond Street in 2005 outside the author's birthplace.