Dr Nonja Peters is an historian, anthropologist, museum curator and social researcher whose expertise is transnational migration (forced and voluntary) and resettlement in Australia. She is the author of several books, museum exhibitions, journal articles, TV documentaries, and government reports. Her achievements and dedication towards raising awareness of the post-war migration experience from 1945 and preserving migrant’s cultural heritage, have earnt her wide acclaim. Nonja is passionate about her work and promoting the experiences of the peoples and groups she researches in a respectful manner, to give them a platform from which to tell their story – and be heard.

She is currently working on Mutual Heritage between Australia and the Netherlands, liaising with the Dutch Embassy in Canberra, and the Australian Embassy in The Netherlands Hague

Nonja’s bibliography at her induction into the 2022 WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Her own personal story.

De Leeuwin

In August 2022 Nonja revealed she had recently discovered the name of the skipper of the Leeuwin, which had been unknown until now. 2022 marks 400 years since the Dutch ship De Leeuwin mapped the southwest coast of Western Australia. At the 400th anniversary celebrations in Augusta recently,

Nonja has collaborated with the WA Museum many times and has been working on and off on the Leeuwin project since 2012. Recent technological advances have allowed for more accurate translations of historical documents, which Dr Peters attributed to the success of her discovery.

Leeuwin was one of the first ships to chart parts of the south WA coastline in 1622. It inspired the naming of Cape Leeuwin, the Leeuwin Current and many more significant sites in WA.


Nonja also published the following books: Tyranny to Freedom and A Touch of the Dutch. They can be downloaded below.

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Nonja also published the book: The Christian Slave of Depok.. For more information on this book, click here.

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Other personal stories.


Migration Experiences: Acknowledging the Past, and Sustaining the Present and Future