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, 4 September 2011

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


  1. What a lovely card. Mary must have great handwriting to fit so much onto a post card. I am always lucky just to squeeze 3 sentences onto one. :-)
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  2. Hi Theresa

    Yes Mary had tiny handwriting. She would also write around corners to fit more in!