Mary Elizabeth Rollason, the eldest of nine children of Richard John Rollason and Lucy (nee Evans) was born 25 September 1879 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Her mother was a member of the LDS Church and the girls of the family were also members.

Peter Christensen was in Brisbane, possibly on missionary service, when they met and became engaged. Mary left her family and went with Peter to Salt Lake City where they married on the 7 April 1904. She remained a member of the LDS and died in 1966.Mary remained close to her family and wrote regularly of her life.

I have been lucky enough to inherit some of these communications to her mother, Lucy, sister Violet and niece Myrtle who was my grandmother. Postcard collecting was popular as they were pretty and showed scenes of the times. and all three women collected Mary’s postcards into albums. In these, there are mentions of letters and postcards to the other members of her family, who remained in Brisbane and the news was shared between the family.

I'd like to share them with you.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Time is Here!

As Christmas is here, it must be time for some Christmas Cards from Mary.

These are all from the early 1900s.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy 2012

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Young Apple Orchard in Idaho

Undated (but after 1906 as Carl is mentioned)
Dear Mother

Just a line or so to show we have not forgotten you yet. Sorry to hear you have a bad leg, hoping that it will soon be better. We are sending a paper by this mail hoping you will get it alright. We received the paper you sent and thank you ever so much for it. We are in fair health at the present at this time. 

Glad to hear that Father is able to work some. Peter is working a little for himself as there is none to be got elsewhere. People have not the money to pay for the work to be done. Money is very scarce and no one seems to have but very little to use or spend in any way they may feel inclined. We have some snow now. It is pretty cold of mornings and evenings especially. Carl does not see any use for the snow that you or cold weather as he has to stay inside and he would rather be outside playing. 

Close with love to you all from us all here, 
your loving daughter, Mary E Christensen

Cheyenne, Wyoming

5th June 1917
Carey, Idaho

Dear Mother and Father

Just a few lines to let you know that we have not forgotten you if we are so far apart. Glad to hear that Mother’s sprain has improved and hoping that her leg will be feeling better. We are enjoying fair health and hope you are all feeling well. Violet will give you this card as I am putting it in a letter I am sending to her. Tell James I have not forgotten that I owe them a letter and will write maybe this week. I was glad to hear from Arthur about two weeks ago and will answer him soon. 

Sorry to hear of Mr Burdett’s death. The weather here is very nice just now. We are feeling the effects of the war now in many ways. I had a letter from Aunt Martha lately. 

Love from all to all.


Thousand Springs Idaho

Thousand Springs Idaho: No Date

Dear Violet,
Well I received your letter yesterday, glad to hear from you. We are all well at this time. I hope you are now all over your attack of Dengue fever by now. I still notice you have the same but the last letter I wrote to you I sent home to Mother. I am glad the wages are some higher than they used to be but I daresay they put the price up of everything now. Things are high enough here. 

Eggs are 10 pence a dozen, butter 1/0 a 1/2lb. Eggs don’t go much lower than they are now. Glad to hear the Mount Gravatt folks are pretty well. Well that is good to think that Mother’s leg is healing well but it will be better for her to wear the bandages than to have it break open again. 

Yes Sophie Dommett is a long time writing.   

Dear Violet, you say we could stay at your home if we came back but something I heard makes me think we would not be wanted. I heard some of the Elders were tracting up Red Hill and the Rollasons would have nothing to so with them . That looks like you may feel that way to us. How would you like it if Peter was called on a Mission there? How would you view us all then? 

Your loving sister Mary E Christensen

Idaho Apple Trees in Bloom

Idaho Apple Trees in Bloom

6th June

Dear Sister,

Well Violet I am just going to write a line or so which James will give you. 

Glad to hear you are about settled in your new home and comfortable. So you are in a quieter neighbourhood at last. It is just getting on time for supper but Peter has not been coming home from work at nights very early. I am not feeling very well at present. I have no news to tell of any account. 

We are expecting to have Australian reunion 21st June. I may going if able but things may turn out that I may not be able to go. I will go if I can. 

What do you think of this apple orchard? Wait ‘til ours look like that, but that is not apt to be for another 3 or 4 years, may be more. We have 5 acres of fruit trees, some pears, cherries, plums,  and the majority of apple trees. They seem to be going pretty nice so far.

Next mail daresay I can tell you something about our Australian doings. I close this short note with love from us all. 

Your loving sister, Mary E. Christensen

Happy Eastertide

Happy Eastertide

12 March 1912

Dear Violet
As I am not writing you a letter this mail I will send you this card with a few lines on. Glad to hear Rupert is feeling some better, hoping this will continue so. We are all fairly well here, hoping this will find you all the same.

Since writing to you last we have had some snow. Folk about (Knud?) come here and you will get plenty of it. It has been a very dirty winter this time. There has been enough snow fallen to keep the ground wet and muddy near all winter. We have had some rain as well as snow falling and the weather being warm some days it melts the snow and then comes the mud and water. 

You are having quite a time with the strikers in Brisbane. Mr Badger is an American and they are bullheaded. If he does give in it will be on account of his money purse being empty. Men out of work does not bring in money to pay for your food let alone a home. Are the bakers running or have you to make your own bread? It is getting late so close with love to you from all here.

Your loving sister,

Mary E Christensen

Great Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City

27 August 1911 (Postcard Great Mormon Tabernacle Salt Lake City)

Dear Father and Mother,

Just a line to you hoping you are feeling well. We are well at the time of writing. 

Peter has had plenty of work all summer. Soon his summer work is over and then it is look out for the winter months. H is thinking of going off to work as we have to live and we do not want to go into debt. We have tried to keep out and we have succeeded pretty well. We have a payment to make on our land by the first of January and we are going to try and keep up our payments even if it does cause us all less luxuries of life. 

Glad to hear Father is able to work and get it to do. We have had a fair summer for crops this year. Lots of hay was killed out last winter with the severe cold we had before the snow came so a number of the farmers had to replant seed for hay again. 

Our fruit trees are looking fine and I hope they will continue to do so. Why do you not write at times Father? 

We would be glad to hear from you. 

Best love from us all to you all,
from your loving daughter Mary E Christensen.