Vale Tony Fountain

Vale – Anthony (Tony) Charles Fountain 27/10/1945 – 22/01/2018


Tony Fountain had a long and distinguished career in auctioneering, stock agency and real estate, commencing with his father, Clarrie Fountain in 1963 in Grenfell NSW.

In 1970 Tony along with John Buttfield, Gorman Tobin and Tom Ellis founded Combined Rural Traders (now known as CRT).

In 1972, Tony also became involved in stud stock selling, which saw Tony and partners Hugh Moffitt and The Hon. Alastair Williamson, after the 1973-75 beef market crash, commence trading as Fountain & Co Pty Ltd.

Over the next 5 years, Fountain & Co. expanded to the where they were conducting stud cattle and horse auctions in every state and territory of Australia, as well as selling in the Grenfell and Forbes saleyards. Such was demand for their services that Tony obtained his pilots license in 1977 so he could fly the team from sale to sale across the nation.


Fountain & Co. were the leading Shorthorn auctioneers for a number of years at the Sydney Royal Easter Bull sales (then Australias largest), at Shorthorn breed sale fixtures such as Dubbo and Bendigo as well as judging Shorthorns u to Royal Show level. So successful was Tony at this time that the ABC based an episode of their award winning “Big Country” series, titled The Auctioneer, on Tony Fountain.


In 1981, having bought out his partners, Tony moved Fountain & Co to Albury, where he also made a move into publishing with the launch of two beef cattle magazines, The Cattleman and The Drovers journal.


In 1986, with the horse and cattle auction business principally in Northern NSW and Southern QLD, Tony moved the business to Chinchilla, QLD. Then 1988, an offer came to move to Sydney and commence the real estate auction operations for the then Queensland based Ray White Real Estate group, who were planning to enter the Sydney market.

Fountain & Co. became the Ray White Auctions NSW franchisee owners, taking the business to market leaders until in 1966 Tony suffered a heart attack and made the decision to retire.


From 1977, Tony circumnavigated the Australian East Coast aboard the ships Tringriz and HaCienda, where he worked on building his business through both public speaking and auctioneer training engagements.


In 2000, Tony became General Manager of the Queensland based Ray White Rural Network and in December Fountain & Co. once again established itself as livestock and stock and agency business, this time trading as Ray White Rural and Ray White Studstock based in Rockhampton. Then in 2003, Fountain & Co worked with the Ray White Real Estate business in Sydney until in 2006 Tony retired as Chief Auctioneer for Ray White to concentrate on building his Fountain Auction Academy.


In 2008, after having made the move to Bowral, Tony bought the Ray White Bowral Real Estate franchise. In 2011, Tony sold the Bowral Ray White franchise and whilst he continued to sell real estate in the Southern Highlands he returned to auctioneering stud stock with a particular interest in Shorthorns.

Tony was a prolific writer and a passionate reader, having written amongst other things a best selling novel titled “The Complete Guide to Selling Real Estate by Auction.”


Tony continued his passion for education and sharing his knowledge as well as his passion for Shorthorn cattle through his The Drovers Journal which was widely received both across the globe and in Australia.


Tony was an adamant supporter of the Shorthorn breed and his passion extended beyond the breed and the cattle and into the hearts of the Shorthorn family as well, building lifelong and enduring friendships with many Shorthorn breeders both here in Australia and Overseas. He will be sadly missed by the Shorthorn community.


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The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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