David de Kretser

David de Kretser
27th Governor of Victoria
In office
7 April 2006  7 April 2011
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Premier Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Ted Baillieu
Lieutenant Marilyn Warren
Preceded by John Landy
Succeeded by Alex Chernov
Personal details
Born (1939-04-27) 27 April 1939
Colombo, British Ceylon
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Jan de Kretser (née Warren)
Education Camberwell Grammar School
University of Melbourne
Monash University
Profession Medical researcher

David Morritz de Kretser AC (born 27 April 1939) is an Australian medical researcher who was the 27th Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011.


David de Kretser was born in British Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). He was educated at St. Paul's Milagiriya and Royal College Primary[1] before migrating to Australia with his family when he was aged nine. He studied at Camberwell Grammar School, Melbourne (where he is currently a member of the school board), received his MBBS degrees from the University of Melbourne in 1962, and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Monash University in 1969.

De Kretser is an infertility and andrology expert, and a long-serving academic. He began working at Monash University in 1965, in the university's department of anatomy, and has also worked as foundation director of the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development (recently renamed the Monash Institute of Medical Research) and as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (the Biotechnology Department). He was a senior Fellow of endocrinology at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1969 to 1971.

He founded a medical research group, Andrology Australia. Among memberships of other professional groups, he is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

On the nomination of Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks, he was appointed Governor of Victoria, taking office on 7 April 2006, succeeding John Landy. He left the post on 8 April 2011, and was succeeded by Alex Chernov.


In 2001, he was named as Victoria's Father of the Year. On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, he was awarded Australia's (then) highest civilian honour, Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). David de Kretser is also a knight of the British Venerable Order of Saint John.

Personal life

De Kretser has been married to Jan for over 40 years, and has four sons: Steve, Mark, Ross and Hugh. Ross and Steve are Chemical Engineers, Mark is a General Practitioner and Hugh is a Human Rights lawyer.


  1. Sicille top guest at de Krester's fete, 23 April 2006, www.thesundayleader.lk
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Government offices
Preceded by
John Landy
Governor of Victoria
Succeeded by
Alex Chernov

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