Dr David Daintree is a native of Sydney.   He has degrees from the Universities of New England, Cambridge and Tasmania.  His academic background is in Classics.  He left school early, working in advertising and public relations before going on to university.  He then he taught for four years at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop, and was subsequently Senior Classics Master at St Peter’s College, Adelaide.  He teaches an annual summer school in Late and Medieval Latin.

David was Principal of Jane Franklin Hall, a college of the University of Tasmania, from 1984 to 2002, and was Ombudsman of that university throughout most of the 90s.   He has been a visiting professor at both the Universities of Siena and Venice, and a visiting scholar at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, Canada.  From 2002 to 2008 he was Rector of St John’s College in the University of Sydney, and served as President of Campion College, Australia’s only Liberal Arts college, from 2008 to 2012.  In 2013, at the request of Archbishop Julian Porteous, he became founding Director of the  HYPERLINK "http://www.dawsoncentre.org" Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies.  In 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

David is married to Elizabeth and they have three grown-up children, and four grandchildren.  Their family home is in Colebrook, Tasmania.