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The theme this statue celebrates is very much about the dreams of our young people, and our society’s role in inspiring their imagination and their belief in the possibility of achievement and transformation. How inspiring is a story of a griefstricken teenager with limited prospects coming from an Australian country town in the early 1900s and then later as a young woman of just 24 years of age taking a voyage alone halfway across the world to live out her dream of becoming a successfully published writer? The movie Saving Mr Banks is currently being released worldwide. It tells the story of the campaign waged by Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) to woo the author P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) into giving him the rights to produce a cinematic version of Mary Poppins. In one scene, Disney says artists “restore order with imagination”. Emma Thompson was asked in a recent interview by Time magazine if she agreed with that view. She responded “My godfather said that story was about taking the chaotic jigsaw of life, making it in to a picture and putting a frame around it so we could look at it, have control over it. Story and art are the humanizing elements of us.”

Father-daughter team: Paul & Melissa McShane researching at Sydney’s Mitchell Library (Photo: James Brickhill Sydney Morning Herald 2009)


Styling magazine by Coty Farquhar, Australia. Celebrating our 1st birthday and Christmas. This issue is dedicated to magical dreamtime and i...