D.H. Drummond was born in Lewisham, Sydney and although born into privilege he found himself in 1902 a ward of the state. He moved to Armidale in 1907 as a farm-hand and married in 1913.
Drummond was elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1920, representing Northern Tablelands the Progressive Party, which in due course became the Country Party ( the old style country party that really represented country people.)and from 1927 to 1949, he was the member for Armidale. He was a foundation member of the New England New State Movement and was Minister for Education from 1927 to 1930 and 1932 to 1941. In that time he established the Armidale Teachers College in the 1930s and helped establish the University of New England in 1937.He was admired so much that he was given this illuminated address by New England locals on the 10th anniversary as Education Minister.