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Biographical entry Macdonald, Donald Alaster (1859 - 1932)

6 June 1859
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
23 November 1932
Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Journalist and Science writer


Donald Macdonald wrote for the "Argus" and the "Australasian" as a cricket commentator, war correspondent during the Boer War and nature writer. In 1911 he wrote the "Bush Boy's Book"; this was enlarged in four more editions between 1927 and 1933.


Probably born 6 June 1859. Died 23 November 1932. Became a pupil-teacher in 1876, then joined the "Corowa Free Press", and in 1881 the Melbourne "Argus". Cricket commentator, war correspondent during Boer War, and nature writer for the "Argus" and the "Australasian". A selection of his nature writings was published as "Gum Boughs and Wattle Bloom" (1887). In 1900 he established a weekly column in the "Argus" called "Nature Notes and Queries". It was extended to "Notes for Boys" in 1909 and led to the "Bush Boy's Book" in 1911, enlarged in 4 more editions in 1927-33. Other writings included "At the End of the Moonpath" (1922), a nature book for children. A fountain memorial, designed by Stanley Hammond, is in Macdonald Park, Beaumaris.

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