30 January 2009

PO Box 68
Colebrook, Tasmania 7027,

Telephone: +61 (0)408 87 94 94
Email:  dccdain@gmail.com

Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday List 2017

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of History and Classics, University of Tasmania
  • Master of Letters, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in Latin, University of New England, with the Bishop Doody Memorial Medal for Latin
  • Certificate of Educational Studies, College of Teachers, London
  • Founding Director, Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies, from November 2013
  • President, Campion College Australia from late-2008 to December 2012
  • Rector, St John's College, University of Sydney 2002-8
  • Principal, Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania, 1984-2003
  • Senior Classics Master and Head of Department, St Peter's College, Adelaide, 1976-9
  • Member, Classical Studies Syllabus Committee, South Australian Schools Board, 1976-9
  • Master-in-charge of English and Latin, Geelong Grammar School, Timbertop, 1973-4 and 1982-3
  • Schoolmaster, Leys School, Cambridge and The King's School, Sydney
  • At Cambridge, casual College Supervisor and casual Lecturer in the Faculty of English
  • Honorary Research Associate, Department of History and Classics, University of Tasmania
  • Visiting Professor in Classics, University of Siena, Italy, 1988
  • Founder and lecturer, annual Medieval Latin Summer School, 1993-
other Appointments
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Venice, Italy, 1998
  • Visiting Fellow, St John's College, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1995
  • Awarded a Pro Helvetia grant by the Swiss Government (1992) to defer the cost of collating manuscripts in the Burgerbibliothek, Bern.
  • Awarded a travel grant from the Dunbabin Fund (1991) to assist with the collation of manuscripts at libraries in Europe.
  • Ombudsman for Students, University of Tasmania, 1986-98
  • Founding Editor, Camena, journal of the University of New England Classical Society, 1968-70.
  • Foundation Chairman, Tasmanian Chapter, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, 1994-98
  • Board Member and Deputy Chairman, Odyssey Travel/College for Seniors, 2012-
  • Member, President’s Advisory Board, Aquinas College, Nashville USA, 2011-
  • Founder and joint-leader, Campion College Summer School in History and Latin, Rome, July 2012.
  • Convenor, International Colloquium on the Liberal Arts, Sept 2012 (proceedings published by Connor Court Press Nov 2012)
Publications - Medieval and classical studies
  • Version: 'Nautae qui celeres percurrunt nauibus alta ("They that go down to the sea in ships", Ps. 107, 23-32)', Camena 3, 1970-71, p. 14
  • 'St Ambrose and John Donne, Preachers', Camena 4, 1971-2, 38-41
  • 'Virgil's Aeneid', Occasional Paper for the South Australian Department of Education, Adelaide, 1979.
  • 'Glosse irlandesi', Enciclopedia Virgiliana II, Rome 1985, 774-6.
  • (With Prof Mario Geymonat) 'Scholia non serviana', Enciclopedia Virgiliana IV, Rome 1988, 706-20. 
  • 'The Virgil Commentary of Aelius Donatus - Black Hole or "Éminence Grise"?', Greece and Rome 37.1, 1990, 65-79.
  • The Latin Syllabus, stages 1-3, for the Schools Board of Tasmania, 1992.
  • 'The Importance of Latin', Proceedings of the Conference of the Modern Language Teachers' Association, Hobart, 1993, and in Oriens 2.3, Autumn 1996, 12-15.
  • Later Latin - an Anthology, Archetype Publishing, Hobart, 1994
  • 'Quomodo tum antiqui cum medii aevi Latinitas in schola aestiva Universitatis Tasmaniae tradatur', Convegno internazionale sulla didattica delle lingue classiche, Montella (Italy), 1998.
  • 'The Transmission of Virgil and Virgil scholia in early Medieval Ireland', Romanobarbarica 16, 1999, 33-47.  (Later published in Origins and Revivals:  Proceedings of the First Australian Conference of Celtic Studies, ed. G. Evans, B. Martin and J. Wooding, Centre for Celtic Studies, University of Sydney 2000, 135-47.)
  • 'Latina Viva', The Tablet, 9 January 1999, 47-8 (also published as 'Latin live', The Adelaide Review 185, February 1999, p.18).
  • 'The Latin Language - Dead, or just Playing Possum?' Oriens 5.2, Winter 1999, 16-18, 24.
  • Non omnis moriar - the lyrical tradition of Horace in the Middle Ages’, ANZAMEMS Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 1998.  Latomus 59.4, 2000, 889-902.
  • ‘Audi Benigne Conditor:  The Poetry of the Roman Breviary’ (in three parts) Oriens 6.2 (2000), 14-6;  7.2 (2002), 14-6;  8.1(2002), 15-9.
  • Scholia Bernensia in Vergilii Bucolica et Georgica, Vol. II Fasc. 1 in Georgica Commentarii (Prooemium/Liber I 1.42), ed. Luca Cadili, David Daintree and Mario Geymonat, Adolf Hakkert, Amsterdam 2003
  • 'Scholia Bernensia on Eclogues 4', in The Virgilian Tradition - The First Fifteen Hundred Years, ed. Jan M Ziolkowski and Michael C. J. Putnam (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008), 674-98.
  • ‘Latin…as I please’, Oriens, October-December 2008, 13; Winter 1999; May-June 2010; March 2011; January 2012
  • ‘Aelius Donatus’, in The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. Thomas and Ziolkowski, Yale UP, 2014, 378-9.
  • 'Ad Marium Geymonat', in H.-C. Gunter, ed., Virginian Studies: A Miscellany dedicated to the Memory of Mario Geymonat, Studia Classica et Mediaevalia 10, Verlag Bautz, Nordhausen, 2015
  • Pour forth thy fervours for a healthful mind: Pagan and Christian Views of Courage’, in Catherine Runcie, ed., The Free Mind: Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr, Sydney, Edwin H. Lowe Publishing, 2016, pp. 113-20.
  • REVIEW:  Latin and the Romance Languages in the Early Middle Ages, ed. Roger Wright (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996), Parergon, New Series, 16.2, January 1999, 339-42.
  • REVIEW:  The Craft of Thought:  Meditation, Rhetoric and the Making of Images, 400-1200, Mary Carruthers (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 34), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998, Parergon, New Series, 17.2, January 2000, 188-9.REVIEW:  Vulgar Latin, Jozsef Herman, (trans.) Roger Wright, University Park PA, Penn State University Press, 2000, Parergon, New Series 18.3, July 2001, 203-5.  
  • REVIEW:  Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition, Sian Echard (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 36), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998, Parergon, New Series, 18.2, January 2001, 154-6.
  • REVIEW:  De Sion exibit lex et verbum domini de Hierusalem:  Essays on Medieval Law, Liturgy, and Literature in Honour of Amnon Linder, Yitzhak Hen (ed.), (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 1), Turnhout, Brepols 2001, Parergon New Series 19.2, July 2002, 207-9.
  • REVIEW:  Medieval Mythography:  From the School of Chartres to the Court at Avignon, 1177-1350, volume 2, Jane Chance, Gainesville, University Press of Florida 2000, Parergon New Series 20.1, January 2003, 206-7.
  • REVIEW: The Misery of Christianity, by Joachim Kahl (Pelican, 1971), in Neucleus (Journal of the University of New England Students' Union), 26 July 1972, p.14
  • 'Collegiality in the Senior Common Room:  the experience of Jane Franklin Hall', AAHCH Conference Papers, James Cook University, September 1989
  • 'The Tyranny of Language: Residential Life in an Australian University College', ACUHO-I Talking Stick, September 1993, 6-7
  • Founding editor, Handbook of Australian University Residences, published by the Association of Australian Heads of Colleges and Halls, in 1994 and 1995
  • Can a Residence Head be a 'One Minute Manager'?, AAHCH Conference, University of Tasmania, July, 1996
  • Address to the Schools' Constitutional Convention of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation, Newstead College, Launceston, 26 June, 1997
  • 'Relations between Students and the Head - a Mediation', National Association of Australian University Colleges Quarterly 4, 1998, 15-18
  • ‘”Each Thought and Deed Unruly”: Applying Newman’s Idealism to the Realities of Student Life’, in The Role of Catholic Colleges in the Modern University, papers from an International Colloquium at St John’s College, University of Sydney 10-11 July, ed. David Daintree, 2008, 7-12
  • ‘Wisdom to Engage the World’, Champagnat 13.2, Winter 2011, 86-90.
  • ‘Canon Fodder’, Letter to the Editor, Australian Literary Review, June 2011, 22-3.
  • ‘Religion, Christianity and curriculum’, in The National Curriculum: a Critique, ed. Chris Berg, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program, Monographs on Western Civilisation 1, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne, 2011, 41-50.  Excerpted as ‘Christianity has Role in Learning’, The Australian, 29 December 2010, 12
  • ‘The Case for Latin’, Quadrant, September 2011, 94-7.
  • ‘Diary’, Spectator Australia, 2/9 June 2012, p. v
  • ‘Être un catholique dans le monde sécularisé de l’université australienne’, paper presented to an international colloquium at ICES (l’Institut catholique des Etudes Superieurs), La Roche-sur-Yon, France, Oct 2012.
  • ‘The Deed that dare not speak its name’, Spectator Australia, 11 May 2013, p. ix.
  • ‘Content-Free Language and Eddie McGuire’, Scarra Blog (http://www.scarrablog.com.au), 3 June 2013 
  • 'A Bumper to Her Majesty', Quadrant, October 2013, 116-7.
  • Soul of the West: Christianity and the Great Tradition, Connor Court, 2015.


·      ‘The Crisis In Education’, Youth and Culture conference, Western Sydney, 14 January 2012, http://www.Societyandculture.com.au/audio-2/64-Crisis-in-Education
·      ‘Render unto Caesar: church and state and the walk to Canossa’, IPA conference, Hyatt Hotel Melbourne, 24 June 2011, http://vimeo.com/30997158
·      Panel - Ian Harper, Julie Novak, David Daintree & Paul Forgasz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBNi-26sdjw


My primary current academic interest is the classical tradition in the early Middle Ages.  With the late Professor Mario Geymonat and Dr Luca Cadili of Venice I worked on early non-Servian commentaries on Virgil.  


I taught at the second and third Campion College Latin Summer Schools, in Rome, 2014 and 2016.  
I have taught an intensive one-week course in Medieval and Church Latin in Hobart every January since 1993.  This year I trialled a one-week beginners' course in New Testament Greek for the Dawson Centre


Over a period of several years I led an annual study tour of Italy for a not-for-profit educational travel organization called Odyssey Travel (www.odysseytravel.com.au).   In June-July 2015 I led a five-week tour of 'The Stans' (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan).  


I am a native of Sydney.   My academic background is in Classics.  I worked in advertising and public relations before going on to university.  After graduation, school teaching followed for a number of years, a period that I remember with great affection - especially trying to enthuse students about Latin (a feat once thought impossible) and outdoor education.   I taught for four years at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop, where I introduced kayaking and cross-country skiing to the curriculum.  Subsequently I was Senior Classics Master at St Peter’s College, Adelaide.  

I was Principal of Jane Franklin Hall, the largest college of the University of Tasmania for 18 years.  ‘Jane’ was founded in 1950 as a women’s college under the auspices of the Tasmanian Council of Churches.  It went co-ed in 1979 and had achieved a gender balance by the time I arrived in 1984.  During the 90s the popularity of the college among students grew to a point at which there were nearly three applications for every place. It was a wonderful college in a wonderful university.  I adopted as its unofficial motto some words of Masefield: ‘the days that make us happy make us wise’. 

From 2002 to 2008 I was Rector of St John’s College in the University of Sydney.  St John’s was the world’s first Catholic college to be established in affiliation with a secular university.  My first predecessor as Rector was appointed on the advice of a committee of which John Henry Newman was a member.  When I left John’s its reputation among students and within the University was very high, the number of women in first year slightly exceeded the number of men, and a majority of our students came from relatively poor rural backgrounds and worked hard to pay their way.

For four years from 2008 to 2012 I was President of Campion College, Australia’s first and only liberal arts college.  Established on the American pattern, but independent and unique, Campion teaches a single degree – the BA in the Liberal Arts - in the belief that modern students generally specialize too early, and that fundamentals – general knowledge, clear thinking and high-level communication skills - are sacrificed to career-oriented training.  Campion addresses this by basing its degree on four important core subjects – history, literature, philosophy and theology.

From June to October 2015 I served as Acting Master of St Albert's College, University of New England, in Armidale, pending the selection and appointment of a first-rate new Master, Mr Jason Lincoln.

My wife Elizabeth and I have three grown-up children and four grandchildren.  Elizabeth is a social worker by profession who worked in palliative care for ten years.   She is an excellent horsewoman and has a special interest in the native English warmblood called the Cleveland Bay.

We live at 'Waterdale', Colebrook, in Southern Tasmania.   Our house, built in the 1830s, and originally owned by Governor Arthur, is also known as the ‘Commandant’s Cottage’, for it became the residence of the commandant of the convict probation station that operated there during the 1840s. 

Our children are:
Matthew lives at Richmond in Tasmania.  Matthew and Dena have two children, Eloise and Mason.  Columbine lives in Hobart; her son Rupert was born on 10 January 2009.  Camilla lives with her husband Ben and their daughter Ava 'emigrated' permanently to Australia in September year, following a 15-year long GAP year in Britain!

I was an only child.  My father, Lieut-Colonel Charles Daintree died in November 2009 just before his 102nd birthday.  He was one of the  ‘Rats of Tobruk’, and was seriously wounded at the Battle of El Alamein, effectively losing the use of one lung.   Despite this, he worked with the United Nations running Displaced Persons’ Camps in Austria in the years after the war, kept fit and swam every day of his life till he was 90.