Early lifeHe was the youngest son in a large family born to Anglo-Irish surgeon Robert Charles Alexander and Jane Elizabeth Lindsay (née Williams), of Creswick, Victoria, who had ten children. Daryl and his brothers Percy (the eldest), Lionel Lindsay, Lionel, and Norman Lindsay, Norman, achieved distinction in the arts. Ruby, also an artist, became well known in artistic circles as the wife of the cartoonist/illustrator/journalist Will Dyson. Prior to World War I, Daryl became a Jackaroo (trainee), jackaroo near Collarenebri and later served in the war in France. In England he became a medical artist for the First Australian Imperial Force, Australian Imperial Force. He made many contacts in the art world and studied at the Slade School of Art in London. Daryl had moderate success with his paintings of white flowers - a difficult subject to capture successfully.
CareerReturning to Australia he became fascinated with the first tour, 1936–1937, of the Ballets Russes to Australia - as "Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet"–sketching them in performances and during rehearsals He later published a book of his sketches, ''Back stage with the Covent Garden Russian ballet'', and illustrated Arnold Haskell's memoirs, ''Dancing Round the World: Memoirs of an Attempted Escape from Ballet''. In 1940, he became a curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, rising to director from 1942 to 1956. He also became a member of the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board in 1953. On 31 May 1956 he was Knight Bachelor, knighted for "services to art".
Personal lifeIn 1922, in England, he married Joan Lindsay, Joan à Beckett Weigall, who would later become a novelist (''Picnic at Hanging Rock (novel), Picnic at Hanging Rock''). When the couple returned to live in Australia, they built a house called Mulberry Hill (Langwarrin South, Victoria), Mulberry Hill at Langwarrin South, on the Mornington Peninsula, and lived there until the Great Depression forced them to take more humble lodgings in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Bacchus Marsh, renting out their home until the economic situation improved. Joan Lindsay left ''Mulberry Hill'' to the National Trust when she died in 1984.
DeathHe died on Christmas Day 1976, in Mornington, Victoria, six days before his 87th birthday. He was survived by his wife. They had no children.