Dr Nonja Peters
Nonja is an historian, anthropologist, museum curator and social researcher with a special interest in the preservation of immigrants’ cultural heritage, in particular Dutch maritime, military, migration and mercantile connections with Australia since 1606; the migration experience and immigrant entrepreneurship.
She is currently involved in academic and community based research in all these fields. She sits on the Board of the National Library of Australia, the Maritime Museum Advisory Committee, National Archives Advisory Committee and Associated Netherlands Societies of WA. She has been awarded the Centenary Medal and Dutch Knighthood for the preservation of immigrants’ cultural heritage.
Nonja has also published widely on issues relating to migration and her book Milk and Honey but no Gold: Postwar Migration to Western Australia from 1945-1964, was short-listed for the WA Premier’s 2001 Literary Awards, the Queensland Premier’s 2002 Literary (best history) Award for History and the NSW State Records John and Patricia Ward History Prize.
Nonja was formerly the Director of the Migration, Ethnicity, Refugees & Citizenship Research Unit.