Peter de Waal came to Australia in 1957 from the Netherlands when he was nineteen.

Peter met his partner, Peter Bonsall-Boone (Bon) during 1966 in Melbourne.

Since 1969 Peter and Bon have had a long and continuous involvement in gay and lesbian social justice and equity issues. They were foundation members of CAMP NSW (Campaign Against Moral Persecution NSW) — the Australian homosexual rights organisation established in 1969.

Bon and Peter celebrated their 'being together 40 years' during November 2006.

During October 1972 Peter and Bon, secretary of CAMP NSW appeared on the national ABC-TV program Chequerboard.

Consequently Bon was dismissed, during November 1972, from St Clements, Mosman Anglican Church where he held the position of church secretary, because of unashamedly discussing his homosexuality and partnership on national television.

In early 1973 Phone-A-Friend (now the NSW Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service) was established and operated from Peter and Bon's Balmain home for a considerable time.

Oppression Upon Reflection (1974), jointly written with Michael Clohesy, documents the many and varied gay and lesbian lobbying activities Peter and others undertook on behalf of CAMP NSW.

During1975 Peter undertook full-time study, at Randwick TAFE, to gain his Higher School Certificate.

The following year, 1976, with the assistance of many CAMP NSW members, Peter devised and organised the Tribunal on Homosexuals and Discrimination by documenting and presenting to the Tribunal 44 cases of homosexual discrimination. The proceedings of the Tribunal are fully documented in A Review of the 1976 Tribunal on Homosexuals and Discrimination published in 1994.

Also in 1976, Peter commenced a 4 year full-time BA., Dip. Ed. course at Macquarie University and graduated with high distinction in 1979. In 1978, CAMP NSW conceived and jointly organised the first Gay Mardi Gras and Peter and Bon, as members, were part of the event. Peter was employed, from 1983-1996, as Health Education Officer and later as Coordinator of Health Promotion at Bankstown Community Health Centre.

From 1990 till 1998 Peter was actively involved with the NSW Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force (GLITF) as secretary, off-shore liaison officer, immigration advisor and historian. As its historian he researched and wrote Lesbians and Gays Changed Australian Immigration: History and Herstory in early 2002.

This culminated in his becoming joint winner — with Adelaide based, Stephen Woodlands, of the
2004 Inaugural George Duncan Memorial Award.

During 1997 Peter conducted an extensive survey of GLITF members' overseas partners' skills and academic qualifications which they bring to Australia. This resulted in the publication of When Only the Best Will Do: A Study of Lesbian and Gay Immigration in April 1998.

 


 

The formation of a gay rights group in Sydney in 1970 was inspired by what was happening in America.

In October 1972 Peter De Waal his partner and another couple front up to a national TV audience.  Peter De Waal describes the consequences of the ABC Chequerboard Program.

 

 

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Date of interview20th May 2009

 

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Peter talks about: Hollan; World War II; Peter Bonsall-Boone; The Australian; John Ware; Christabell Poll; CAMP; Campaign; Darling Street; CAMP Women's Association; Gay Liberation; Law Reform; Dorothy Symons; Humanist Society; Ash Street; Chequerboard; ABC; Phone a Friend; Gay Counselling Service; Terry Goulden; Bob Hay; Gay and Lesbian Immigration Taskforce

 

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Watch -- ABC Chequerboard Program

The groundbreaking Australian 1972 ABC documentary on gays and lesbians, the first to feature a gay male kiss on Australian television. It features interviews with Peter de Waal, Peter Bonsall-Boone, Gaby Antolovich and Sue Wills.


In 1972 Peter Bonsall Boone (Bon) and his partner Peter de Waal "came out" on Chequerboard. Their open revelations on life as a homosexual couple were a television first in Australia, however it was their brief kiss hello that caused the most stir in public reaction, a pivotal moment as the first male to male kiss on Australian television and possibly even the world happened.

Peter and Bon agreed to appear on the original Chequerboard series as a political statement, yet even they could not have imagined the wide reaching ramifications of their daring actions. The first reaction was from Bon's employer who sacked him from his job as a secretary in a church in Mosman on Sydney's North Shore after the show went to air. Having started off as simply another couple on television, they became the focal point of gay rights activism and have spent their life after Chequerboard campaigning relentlessly.

 


 

Publications by Peter de Waal

Homosexuals Report Back, Jointly with Christopher Bendall, Joseph Chetcuti, Michael Clohesy, Debby Heywood, David Ritchie, CAMP NSW (Campaign  Against Moral Persecution) Sydney NSW 2000, 25 Apr 1974. 

Oppression Upon Reflection 1974, Jointly with Michael Clohesy, CAMP NSW, Sydney NSW 2000, Jan 1975. (ISBN: 0 909256 02 0) 

The How to ... Book: A TASCOSS Guide for Community Organisations, Tas Council of Social Service Inc, Hobart Tas 7000, Jun 1982. (ISBN: 0 9596322 03 9) 

Bankstown Community Consultation: Health Issues Examined, Bankstown Community Health Centre, Bankstown NSW 2200, Jul 1989. (ISBN: 0 7305 3385 9) 

A Review of the 1976 Tribunal on Homosexuals and  Discrimination, jointly with the Tribunal Working
Group, Balmain NSW 2041, 1994. (ISBN: 0 646 19351 1) 

The 1976 Tribunal on Homosexuals and Discrimination and Its 1994 Review, jointly with the Tribunal Working Group, Balmain NSW 2041, 1996. (ISBN: 0 646 20409 2) 

When Only the Best Will Do: A Study of Lesbian and Gay Immigration, Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force NSW, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Apr 1998. (ISBN: 0 646 35435 3) 

Compendium to: Oppression Upon Reflection 1974, Peter de Waal, Balmain NSW 2041, Aug 2001. (ISBN: 0 646 39066 X) 

Lesbians and Gays Changed Australian Immigration: History and Herstory (edited version) Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force NSW, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Feb 2002. (ISBN: 0 9580270 0 5). 

Joint winner – with Adelaide based, Stephen Woodlands, for his law reform project – of the 2004 Inaugural George Duncan Memorial Award. 

Lesbians and Gays Changed Australian Immigration: History and Herstory–the Documents (unedited
version) Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force NSW, Darlinghurst NSW 1300, Feb 2002. (ISBN: 0 9580270 1 3) 

Reconstruction of Reality: the 1974 Western Australian Royal Commission on Homosexuality two volumes, Peter de Waal, Balmain NSW 2041, Mar 2004, unpublished but held at the NSW State Library ML MSS 341/95.

Unfit for Publication: NSW Supreme Court and other Bestiality, Buggery & Sodomy trials 1727-1930 – three volumes, Peter de Waal, Balmain NSW 2041. (ISBN:978 0 646 47274 4) First published (20 copies) Apr 2007. Second print run (20 copies) Nov 2007.