Senior Research Associate
David Dunstan was born in New York of Australian parents, the journalist Keith and Marie Dunstan. He was educated at Monash and Melbourne universities. He has worked as a free-lance journalist and historian and with the Victorian government. He taught at Monash University from 1994 to 2014 and was Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies 2004-2006. In 2010 he held a visiting appointment at King’s College, London.
His books include Governing the Metropolis: Melbourne 1850-1891 (1984), Better Than Pommard! A History of Wine in Victoria (1994) Victorian Icon: The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne (1996), Owen Suffolk’s Days of Crime and Years of Suffering (2001) and A Vision for Wine: a History of the Viticultural Society of Victoria (2013). He is a contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
David’s primary research interests include the history of Melbourne, of wine and viticulture, international exhibitions, sport, newspapers and Australian national identity. His current projects include (with Tom Heenan) a new biographical study of the cricketer Sir Donald Bradman and the history of wine in Australia.