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Bird bath commemorates journalist, Donald MacDonald who was the first Australian war correspondent present at the South African War during which he was beseiged at Ladysmith.

His delayed dispatches were carried on the same steamer that returned him to Australia, suffering from dysentery. Published in the Argus, they were `discussed in every home and hotel bar` and reprinted as How we Kept the Flag Flying (1900). The response to a lecture in the Melbourne Town Hall led to a year`s leave to tour Australia, New Zealand and Britain. In 1909 and 1910 Macdonald repeated his lecture, `Scenes and Sensations of Battle`, at the Portsea summer schools for teachers.

His early sketches of country life and his Nature reflections in the Argus and Australasian were easy, unstudied reveries, tinged with humour. Pieces on subjects as diverse as the red kangaroo, life in the Riverina and Sunday in Sydney were seen by the author as `moments of respite from the duties of daily journalism`.


Address:Haydens Road, Donald MacDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, 3193
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.982643
Long: 145.028743
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Stanley Hammond


Front Inscription

Donald MacDonald, friend of the creatures of the wild, chose this district in which to live and to end his days. Born at Fitzroy 1857, died at Black Rock 1952. Erected by readers of his "Nature Notes" in the Argus.

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