Born in Canada in 1931, Tony Mount was schooled and conscripted in England and came to Australia in 1953. He graduated from Adelaide University and the Australian Forestry School, married Sue and they moved to Tasmania where he began his life-long interest in forest fire ecology.
He was guest lecturer to all four British Forestry Schools and invited to address the 1969 Florida Fire Ecology Conference. He taught Forest Ecology and Conservation at Melbourne University for three years.
Since retiring in 1991 Tony has continued working on forest fire ecology, soil dryness and plant-produced wastes and been a student or lecturer at many U3A classes. He was appointed the Premier's Physical Activities Ambassador to Seniors in 2010. Bothe Sue and Tony were members of Australia's age-class orienteering teams for forty years.