Excerpt from letter from Mary Houston ( Joan’s sister ) Nov 13th, 2005 to Jen Stubbs
In the 1870’s or 1880’s 3 Rollason brothers came from England to Melbourne. ….. Tim was your grandfather. He was sent to Ceylon before World War 1, where he was a relieving manager on tea and rubber estates – He came back to Melbourne when the war was on and enlisted in the A.I.F.in 1915- He served mainly in France during the war – Fortunately was not wounded, but never talked much about his experiences.
He met Granny ( then Kathleen Ryan ) in 1924? In Melbourne when he was on leave from Ceylon – He had 6 months leave, but 3 months had passed before he met her at a mutual friend’s home – So it was a real whirlwind romance, knowing each other for such a short time before they were married. The trip back to Colombo by ship was their honeymoon and Granny used to say she was sea sick a lot of the time ! …….
By the time I was due to go to school (1931) Pop, ( your grandfather Tim ), had had enough of the tropics, so back to Melbourne. I was 5 and Joan was 16 months having been born in Colombo – Granny had come back to Melbourne for me to be born, as I was the first grandchild on either side of the family.
Your pop and granny lived in Melbourne where Joan and I grew up, until 1952…Pop was 76 when he died … and Granny was only 3 months of her 100th birthday when she passed away.