Thomas Crockley Barnes was born in 1826 in England. He was a carpenter by trade, and arrived in Australian in 1854 where he settled at Learmonth. T.C. Barnes was a grocer, baker and undertaking business. He had a timberyard beside his store. 
Barnes died in 1874 at which time his son Frederick took over the business. 
- ↑ ’’Huxtables Ballarat Directory for the Year 1858’’, page 40. [Federation University Australia Historical Collection.]
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Learmonth Heritage Walk, Learmonth & District Historical Society, 2010.