Tom Price worked for the American Company Kaiser Steele. He arrived
in this part of Australia in the 1960's to check deposits of ore. And
was instrumental in convinicng the mining companies that it was worth
mining here. He lobbied the Australia and WA governments to allow
mining to proceed and for the ore to be exported.
In September 1962 he went back to the USA aged 71. Two hours after
being advised that a very rich ore deposit had been discovered on the
mountain he died of a heart attack.
The Tom Price tourist brochure says 'IN recognition of Thomas Moore
Price and his efforts during the foundation of the industry, the
mountain and our town. Tom Price was named after him.'
Amazing that it all happened just fourty years ago.