Danielle Hyndes was born in Hobart Tasmania in 1941, and educated in Hobart for her early years and completed her secondary education at boarding school in Victoria, in order to qualify for entry into social work at the University of Melbourne. She later completed a BA at ANU in 1986, majoring in Australian History, Fine Art and Politics.
She began active participation in community life in Canberra in 1975, with school based activities for 15 years, from Presidency of Preschools to Convenor of senior school fetes. From there she pursued her passions in heritage, politics, and promotion and recognition of women roles in the growth of our nation.
Convenor of the ACT Women's Consultative Council on two occasions, she also played a prominent role in the establishment of the ACT Women's Forum, the Women's Branch of the Liberal Party of Australia, and currently holds the Chair of the ACT Branch. These activities, plus her involvement with Women's International Club and also her interest in the Women's History Month were the basis for her selection for ACT International Woman's Day Award 2002. She also holds a meritorious service award for the Liberal Party awarded in 1990, and was adviser to Senator Margaret Reid, President of the Senate, for 6 years.
In the heritage area, she was co-editor of the National Trust publication "Heritage of the Australian Capital Territory", Member of the ACT Heritage Council and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Tuggeranong Homestead Authority. She has chaired the ACT Heritage Committee for past 5 years and was a member of the Canberra Day Festival 2002. In addition she is a committee member of the Australiana Fund, and a trained guide at the National Gallery of Australia.
Her other community activities include Presidency for the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI.) A continuing member of that organisation for the past 20 years, she has recently co-published a cookbook to fundraise for CMRI.
Danielle is an active volunteer in a variety of ACT community groups, a pastoral care worker within Yarralumla Parish, and her current Government appointments include membership of the ACT Legal Aid Review Committee.