William John Mountain was born in Woolwich, England, in 1836. He migrated to Australia and became involved in local government. He served as a South Melbourne Councillor from 1875 to 1885. Re-elected in 1893, he served until his death in 1906. He served as Mayor of South Melbourne twice, including 1902, when a medal was issued by the City to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII (NU 20254).

Photographs of Mountain are held in the Port Melbourne Local History Collection.

References:
City of Port Phillip website http://library.portphillip.vic.gov.au
Another photograph can be viewed on the Mountain family history website  (copy in sup file).

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