The Story Bank

Galleries, Museums and Collections

Once upon a time, a baby girl was born in the upstairs bedroom at the Australian Joint Stock Bank, Kent Street in Maryborough, Queensland. Her name was Helen Lyndon Goff, but she became known to the world as P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins stories.

Transformed, The Story Bank – a bank that trades in stories. As you cross the threshold, you enter a world where fantasy and fact intertwine. Tales and yarns, myths and legends, memories and stories – share in their retell and their creation.

Discover Maryborough’s unique connection with P.L. Travers – the story of her life, her family, the influences on her writings and the retelling of her stories.

Inside there are stories from our earliest storytellers the Butchulla people in the Yarning Circle.

‘The Legends of Moonie Jarl’ was first published in 1964 and is the first Australian children’s book of Aboriginal stories to be written and illustrated by Aboriginal people: Butchulla siblings Moonie Jarl (Wilf Reeves) and Wandi (Olga Miller).

Open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am – 3.30pm. Weekends and some public holidays 9.30am – 1pm.


Enquiry Desk Gallery / Museum Interpretive Centre Lawn / Gardens Non Smoking Shop / Gift Shop

Internet Access

Free Wifi

Disabled Assistance

Wheelchair access


Australian Museums and Galleries Association Visitor Information Centre




From AU$7.50

Adults – $15
Concession – $12
Child (5-17years) – $7.50
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children or more) – $36
*Discounts apply for locals and group bookings for more than 10 people

Prices are valid until 30/6/2022

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