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.
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.
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.