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

Postcard from Mary to Violet in 1910

(undated but 1910 determined from years of marriage)

Dear Violet

Not having the time to write to you this mail, I am sending you a few lines on a postcard. 

I wrote to you last mail. I will write to you next mail. It is fine weather although rather windy the last few days. The days have been warm of late. It will soon be getting cool in Brisbane. 

It is a year ago since you were married and 6 years for us. Well the time goes fast. I hope you had a good time during your time at Redcliffe. 

Well Carl is off every day with his Papa lately. Peter has been working on his land about a mile from where we live. He has been plowing some land up for his fruit trees and Lucerne seed. We have leased a farm of 80 acres for this summer so I will be busy in haying time working for the man. 

I had a letter from Anna Kratzmann this last mail also a postcard photo of her little boy. 

Well Erik is wanting some attention again and he takes care he gets it! Some days he is a little tyrant especially wash days and then he gives me a fine time of it. 

Love to yourself and husband, 

from Mary and Peter Christensen

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