David Hunt

The 'David Attenborough' of Australian history


David Hunt tells stories from Australia’s past that are still relevant today, exploring Australia’s unique history and the factors that have made Australians so successful on the world stage.

He’s a bestselling and award-winning Australian writer, historian, podcaster, comic and speaker and, as of 2019, is presenting Aussie Inventions That Changed The World, a new Foxtel History Channel documentary series.

A stand-out speaker at TEDxSydney 2017, David has been a master of ceremonies for organisations as diverse as The Centre for Independent Studies and Transport Workers Union of Australia.

Current work

David regularly talks on Australian history and historical/cultural issues in a humorous way. The critical thinker’s comedian, he’s incredibly entertaining, as well as engaging and informing. His speeches have been praised by premiers, critical thinkers, businesspeople, comics and writers. He also regularly talks about Australian history on ABC Radio, and at universities, schools, libraries and writer’s festivals.

David has an articulate, comedic and insightful presentation style that’s made him a popular choice, speaking for clients including, Linfox Armaguard, the Young Presidents Organisation, Dymocks, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the City of Ballarat, and RAAF .

Previous experience

Author: His book Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers Award (Indie Award) for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian Book Industry, Nielsen Bookdata Booksellers Choice and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Girt is one of Audible Australia’s top 5 bestselling audiobooks of all time.

The sequel, True Girt, was shortlisted for the 2017 Audiobook of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards and the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. David is also a children’s book author, with his debut children’s picture book, The Nose Pixies, shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s 2017 Book of the Year Awards.

David has written about Australia’s past for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Monthly, The Interpreter and The Guardian… and other stuff for The Chaser Quarterly. He is a former stage and cabaret performer and debating and Theatresports champion.

Podcast: David wrote and co-presented the ABC Radio Australian history podcast, Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, which was one of Rolling Stone’s four hottest podcasts of 2016 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ten History Podcasts You Need to Hear.

Lawyer: Prior to his writing career, David was a banking and finance and insurance litigation lawyer, before working as a bouncer and senior policy advisor, speechwriter and political staffer within government. Although he worked across a wide range of portfolios, he maintained an interest in, and passion for, child protection. His work included developing Australia’s first Child Protection Register and subsequent Australian model legislation and reforming combat sports regulation for the New South Wales government.


Talking Points
Innovation nation
Reformation nation
Reconciliation nation
So who the bloody hell are we?
Big country - Big government
Why we’re not America
Rum, rebels and ratbags
You little beauty
Custom Speeches