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

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

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