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

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


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"

  2. Helen:

    How wonderful that you have inherited these postcards. They are lovely!

    Welcome to GeneaBloggers!