David Dunstan

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Dr. David Dunstan is a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre of Australian Studies, based at Monash University.

He joined the Centre in 1997 and served as its Director from 2004 to 2006 He co-ordinates the Graduate program in Publishing and Editing at Monash University.

Dunstan is a graduate of Monash, Melbourne and RMIT universities. He has previously worked as a freelance journalist, contributing articles throughout the 1980s and 1990s in newspapers such as The Age and Sun-Herald, and continues to feature in scholarly journals. He has specialist research interests in the history of Melbourne, the social history of wine and viticulture, the history of newspapers and international sport.

He is the son of Melbourne journalist, writer and Anti-Football League founder Keith Dunstan.


Dunstan was a founding and associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Melbourne and has also been a regular contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, writing on prominent Australians such as the politician Sir Henry Bolte, the architect Sir Bernard Evans and the journalist and newspaper magnate Sir John Williams. He chairs the Victorian Working Party of the ADB and is a member of its Editorial Board.

He has written several commissioned histories, including a history of wine in the Pyrenees region of Victoria,Wine from the hills : Australia's Pyrenees region, and in 2000 he edited an autobiography by Owen Suffolk, first published in 1867 which details his experiences as a street urchin and thief in London and his transportation as a convict to Australia in 1848. A new abridged e-book edition is in the press.

Some of Dunstan's other books include Better Than Pommard! A History of Wine in Victoria, Victorian Icon: Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and Governing the Metropolis: Melbourne 1851-1891. He has completed A Vision for Wine: a history of the Viticultural Society of Victoria due to be published in 2013.

Together with Tom Heenan he wrote the controversial chapter 'Don Bradman: Just a Boy From Bowral' for the Cambridge Companion to Cricket


Dunstan's wide-ranging knowledge has seen him active on the seminar circuit.

In 2010 he was the Menzies Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London. Together with his colleague Dr Tom Heenan he is researching the international history of Australian cricket.

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