Macdonald excelled in three arms of journalism: as a war correspondent, as a sportswriter and as a commentator on natural history.
His obituary in The Argus said he was probably the most widely known journalist in Australia.
As “Observer”, he wrote knowledgably about cricket and football for The Argus, and for 40 years travelled overseas with every Australian cricket team.
The Argus said it was “not too much to say that he revolutionised cricket writing” with his vivid descriptions and colourful commentary. Separately, his gentle reflections on nature were said to have influenced a generation.
He was the first Australian correspondent at the Boer War.
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