Mr Mackinnon spent 23 years working at The Age, then for 22 years was a photographer at The Sun (before it merged with The Herald to become the Herald Sun in 1990). He moved to Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula after retiring.
During his career Mr Mackinnon also photographed sporting heroes such as tennis player Billie Jean King, world champion racing driver Jack Brabham and cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman. He even snapped sprinter John Landy in action as he broke the four-minute mile at Olympic Park in 1956.
Mrs Hobbs, a close friend who had lived next door to Mr Mackinnon for 30 years, said she and her daughter were with him in hospital when he died peacefully.
Mr Mackinnon had kept busy in retirement, still taking photographs, and recently had an exhibition in Geelong, she said. «He seemed to be good, on Sunday he was mowing the lawn,» she said. «We’ll miss him terribly.»