Tom Price

Tom Price Hotel 1970

Tom Price is a mining town situated in the Pilbara region. The town is located inland on the edge of the Hamersley Range.

Tom Price is a "Top Town" literally. At an elevation of 747 metres above sea level, it is the highest town in WA. It is also the gateway to the magnificent Hamersley Ranges and Karijini National Park.

 

Bush scenery near Tom Price

The town was built in the early 1960s by Hamersley Iron Proprietary Ltd as the residential and service centre for workers at the huge open-cut iron-ore mine nearby. It was named after Thomas Moore Price, a vice president of the American company Kaiser Steel Ltd.

Tom Price Swimming Pool

Today Tom Price has a population of around 3,000 people and is owned and managed by the Shire of Ashburton. The town has always been home to any young families and is very sports oriented as many of these photographs from the 1970's and 80's attest. 

Last updated on 30 July 2021