Uncover your family secrets from home…

Nonja Peters Family
Nonja Peter’s father, third from left, being farewelled before he leaves Rotterdam for Australia on 11 December 1948.

Looking for something to do while you are stuck at home? The State Library of WA is offering FREE access to the Ancestry Library Edition for people from home. This resource is available to all Western Australians who become a member of the State Library of WA.

Previously this resource was only accessible within the Library but due to the Corona Virus pandemic is now temporarily closed.

The Library Edition includes 1.5 billion names in more than 4,000 databases. Including records from the Australian convict index, Australian electoral rolls, United Kingdom census records, British Army World War One pension records, United States census and military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Just use your State Library membership number when logging in. Go to https://0-ancestrylibrary-proquest-com.catalogue.slwa.wa.go…

For those people who are not a member of the State Library of WA simply join online here, it’s FREE https://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/our-services/membership

Please direct any questions to the State Library Ask a Librarian Service https://bit.ly/2wryIwV

Nonja Peters
Nonja and her mother outside a house in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Photos – Nonja Peters was born in Tilburg in the southern part of the Netherlands on 27 February 1944. Nonja’s father left for Australia in 1948 on the SS Volendam from Rotterdam which is the featured photograph. Nonja and her family joined him a year later. Here a few photographs from her life in the Netherlands, journey to and early life in Western Australia. A couple of years ago the State Library ran an exhibition organised by Nonja about Dutch immigrants to Western Australia after the war which was covered by Have a Go News.

Jo, Nonja and Eddie Peters
Jo, Nonja and Eddie Peters with the twins outside their family home in Northam.

You can also listen to an interview with Nonja Peters (2016) here – https://bit.ly/2UiAQ39