John Thomas Waterhouse “was born in Berkshire, England, in 1816, and went to school at Wood House Grove boarding school in 1825. The school was a Methodist preacher’s son’s school. I attended that until I was 13 years of age.” He became a businessman. Waterhouse “was in business in Hobert Town, Tasmania, for ten years, owning a large number of vessels, and I was a very active man in business there (but) had very poor health and was recommended to go to Honolulu” (1851).
He started a general merchandise store (JT Waterhouse and Company) and brought the lokelani (rose) pattern china. He also bought real estate. “In Hawai‘i he found opportunities and made the most of them. … He is one of the heaviest tax-payers in Honolulu; has investments in California and New York and owns much property at Cedar Rapids, la. He practically created that town.”) He died at his home in Nuʻuanu on January 8, 1895.