For further background on Macdonald, and his controversial period as Crown Lands Commissioner of the New England district, see Baal Belbora
(1981), by Geoffrey Blomfield
; Colonial Armidale
(1999), by John Ferry
; The Commissioner and the Squatter)
(2009), by Lionel Gilbert
. Gilbert also provides fascinating information on what he has termed the 'Wener-Eliott Album', a scrap-book held in a private collection, which contains clippings of poems by Macdonald, along with manuscript versions of other poems in Macdonald's handwriting, which are dated, signed, or initialled. Notably, Gilbert's research indicates that Macdonald was the author 'Ione'