Staff Profile

Professor Daniel Reynaud

School:School of Arts and Business
Location:White Building
Phone: (02) 4980 2196
Fax:(02) 4980 2118
Qualifications:BA (PUC); BEd (Avondale); PhD (UoN)
Research:Anzacs & religion
Anzac cinema
Anzac social history
History, literature & media
Romanian poetry in translation
Learning & Teaching: online learning; wargaming as pedagogy in history; the pedagogy of history tours
About:Daniel has been at Avondale since 1992, teaching modern history and the intersection of history, literature and media. His varied work includes books, book chapters and articles in refereed journals as well as many articles in popular journals, marketing consultancies, radio and television interviews, public lectures in schools, churches and community groups and scripts for a number of documentaries.

In 2009 he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contribution to student learning.

In 2017, he was Visiting Professor in history at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, USA.

Daniel's interest lies in the Anzac legend, exploring its representation in early Australian films, as well as investigating the Anzacs and religion. He has worked with the National Film and Sound Archive in the recovery and partial reconstruction of several silent films, including The Hero of the Dardanelles (1915), Australia's first Gallipoli movie.

His most recent works are studies of Anzac faith and belief, titled Anzac Spirituality: The First AIF Soldiers Speak, and The Anzacs, Religion and God: The spiritual journeys of twenty seven members of the AIF.
Other works include the books, The Man the Anzacs Revered, a best-selling biography of legendary Great War chaplain William McKenzie, Reading With New Eyes, which brings fresh insight into understanding the Bible, and Media Values, which explores the media from a Christian perspective.

He has written a series of documentaries on the Anzacs and Religion, one of which won an Angel Award for excellence in Media. The documentaries, often screened in prime time slots, set new records for Adventist Media in terms of audience reach and audience response.

He has also been involved in a translation team for Romanian poetry into English, resulting in the publication of four bilingual volumes, two of which have won literary prizes. The last, a comprehensive anthology in Romanian and English titled Testament: 400 Years of Romanian Poetry. Bucharest: Minerva, 2019, won the prestigious Antoaneta Ralian Prize for the best translation from Romanian to a foreign language for 2019.

Daniel is also a musician and has recorded three albums of original music.
Select Publications:The Anzacs, Religion and God: the spiritual journeys of twenty seven members of the AIF. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2019

Anzac Spirituality: The First AIF Soldiers Speak. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2018

The Man the Anzacs Revered: William 'Fighting Mac' McKenzie, Anzac Chaplain. Warburton: Signs Publishing, 2015

Celluloid Anzacs: The Great War through Australian Cinema. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007

‘The Enigma of Jesus in the Gospel of John,’ in Signs to Life: Reading and responding to John’s Gospel. Kendra Haloviak Valentine, with Carolyn Rickett, Daniel Reynaud, Jane Fernandez and Nathan Brown. Warburton Vic: Signs Publishing, 2013, pp 103-112

For a list of publications, visit Daniel Reynaud publications