Alumni

Dr David Daintree AM

Dr David Daintree AM

Doctor of Philosophy 1994

David Daintree

I am currently …

Director of the Hobart-based Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies, a kind of think tank established to promote the Christian intellectual tradition as an essential component of Western civilisation.

I chose to study at the University of Tasmania because…

I was principal of Jane Franklin Hall for 18 years. Earlier, while at the University of Cambridge, I got married instead of finishing my doctorate, so decided years later to complete my doctoral work at University of Tasmania! Professor Rod Thomson and the late Professor Paul Weaver were extremely supportive and I shall always be grateful to them and to the University of Tasmania for encouragement and for that spirit of collegiality that is so strong in a small, high-quality university such as ours.

At university I was inspired by …

Many wonderful staff and students, too numerous to mention.

I am proud of my University because...

My grandmother, Annie Georgina Hinds, was among the first tiny cohort of graduates in 1890.

Professionally my proudest achievements are...

My last full-time job and, I guess, the high point of my career, was the presidency of Campion College, Australia’s one-and-only liberal arts college, a sort of single-faculty university that offers (in my opinion) one of the best arts degrees in Australia. As President I had the privilege of lecturing as well as managing and governing

Today I'm motivated by…

I’m so glad I began my university career doing Classics. My whole life has been influenced by the great figures of civilization – Plato and Aristotle, Homer and Vergil, Sts Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and so many others.

The next in step in my career or life is...

At my age that’s a bit of a poser that calls for a caution! I suppose all I can say is that I’d like to keep busy and finish well.

My best piece of advice to current and future students is…

Be open to wisdom.  If you’re studying for a professional career such as Law or Medicine, make time for the arts of civilisation – literature, visual art and music. Perhaps History above all, for without that how can we know where we come from or where we’re going?  Put special emphasis in learning to read intelligently and to speak and write coherently. If you’re an arts students, pick a broad range of subjects that prepare you for life, not just for a particular job. Don’t focus too narrowly.