Thomas Harding, son of William and Charlotte, was born in Bermuda in 1831. He appears to have been a toll collector on Bursledon Bridge until at least 1861. He married Sarah, before 1851.
By 1867 he is listed in the Kelly's Directories with other bird and animal preservers, again at Bursledon Bridge; however he doesn't appear in the Southampton or Swanwick listings. According to the baptism records of most of his children, he was described latterly as taxidermist. The 1878 directory has him firmly established as a naturalist in East Street, Fareham. Although no references are made to him after this date in the directories, a biographical note with an example of his work states that he continued at 8 East Street until at least 1891.