Peris, Nova

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Peris, Nova Gender: F
Nova Maree Peris
born on 25 February 1971 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )
Place Darwin, Australia, 12s28, 130e50
Timezone ACST h9e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 05°47' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 00°44 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 03°14'

Nova Peris (at left, with Quentin Bryce in 2012)
photo: Photographer for the Governor-General of Australia (, license cc-by-3.0


Australian indigenous athlete and former politician who was named Young Australian of the Year in 1997. She is a descendant of the Yawuru and Gidja people from East and West Kimberley (in Western Australia) and the Muran people from West Arnhem Land (in the Northern Territory).

As part of the Australian women's hockey (Hockeyroos) team at the 1996 Olympic Games, she was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. She later switched sports to sprinting and went to the 1998 Commonwealth Games, winning the 200m sprint with a time of 22.77 seconds and sharing in Australia's 4 × 100 metres relay win. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 she made the Olympic semi-finals in her individual event and ran in the Australian 4 × 400 metres relay team, which made the final, finishing fifth.

On 7 September 2013 Peris became Australia's first Indigenous woman elected to federal parliament, when she was elected to the Senate at the federal election. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had named her as a "captain's pick", installing her as the preselected Labor candidate over incumbent Labor senator Trish Crossin.

Nova Peris's Senate term ended at the double dissolution of 9 May 2016, and she thus retired from the Senate.

Peris met Sean Kneebone when she was 17 and they had a daughter in 1990. They married in 1995, after which she adopted the surname Peris-Kneebone. Following their divorce in 2001, she returned to using her maiden name, and in March 2002 married Daniel Batman; they separated in 2010. Batman died in a car crash in June 2012. Peris married Scott Appleton on 12 August 2012. She has three children: Jessica (with Kneebone), and Destiny and Jack (with Batman), and became a grandmother at the age of 40.

Peris' autobiography, "Nova: My Story" was released on 4 April 2003.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Annan, Alyson (born 21 June 1973). Notes: Co-player, Australian field hockey team, gold medal, 1996


  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1990 (Birth of first child, a daughter, Jessica Peris)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1995 (Sean Kneebone)
  • Work : Prize 2 August 1996 (Olympic gold team medal, field hockey)
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  • Work : Prize 1997 (Young Australian of the Year)
  • Work : Prize 26 January 1997 (Medal of the Order of Australia)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates January 2001 (Sean Kneebone)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2002 (Birth of second daughter, Destiny Batman)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 4 April 2003 (Autobiography, "Nova: My Story")
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities December 2003 (Birth of son, Jack Batman)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 2010 (Daniel Batman)
  • Relationship : Marriage 12 August 2012 (Scott Appleton)
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  • Work : New Job 7 September 2013 (Elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Peris on Twitter, "10:45am Thursday 25th February 1971 in the old Darwin Hospital on the edge of the city" [1], in reply to his question, "at what time were you born on February 25, 1971 please??" [2].


  • Traits : Body : Race (Indigenous Australian)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Hockey and sprint relay team player)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Australian Labor Party)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Senator, 2013-2016)
  • Vocation : Sports : Hockey
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (200m sprint, 400m relay)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Nova: My Story")
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (Gold medal)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Medal of the Order of Australia)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Young Australian of the Year)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Australia's first Indigenous woman elected to federal parliament)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Olympian)