Watumull's 100 Years (1914-2014)
The son of a brick contractor in Hyderabad, Sindh, Jhamandas Watumull first migrated to Manila, Philippines after an accident left his father significantly debilitated. Jhamandas stayed with an older brother and worked in Manila's textile mills, before starting a retail business that specialized in imports from the Orient.
"The Watmul Foundation"
An article from The Indian Home magazine on the creation of the Watumull Foundation, headed by Gobindram J. Watumull and his wife Ellen Watumull and headquartered in Los Angeles.
"East India Store Section," Honolulu Advertiser (1937)
Four-page advertisement insert from the June 3, 1937 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser, marking the opening of the Watumull Building on 1162 Fort Street. Includes several short articles about G.J. Watumull and J. Watumull, advertisements for the stores, products, and boutiques housed in the building, as well as photographs of the East India Store interior and its employees.
Brief biography of Gulab Watumull
A brief biography of Gulab Watumull, the third son of Jhamandas Watumull. Gulab was born and educated in India, and came to Hawaii in 1948 to further his education. He eventually became involved in the family business, and assumed the head of Watumull Brothers, Ltd. in 1956.
Laurel Murphy, "Jhamandas Watumull: Hyderabad to Honolulu" (1973)
Article from the August 22, 1973 issue of The Honolulu Advertiser written by Laurel Murphy, which describes the life story of Jhamandas Watumull and the Watumull business. Murphy goes into considerable detail about Watumull's early years in Hyderabad and Manila, as well as the effects of the Partition on his family home in Sindh. Includes a photograph of Jhamandas Watumull.
"Baba is 100!" (1985)
A novelty newspaper titled The Indian Gazette printed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Watumull Brothers, Ltd. founder Jhamanadas Watumull. Dated February 15, 1985, the "gazette" includes a short article with quote from the director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, one of the beneficiaries of the Watumull foundation, a biography of Jhamandas Watumull, as well as a detailed family tree.
Beverly Creamer, "A Gift from the Watumulls"
An article from The Honolulu Advertiser written by Beverly Creamer detailing the philanthropic efforts of Ellen Watumull, the wife of Gobindram Watumull and the long-term director of the Watumull Foundation. Ellen Watumull describes an early encounter with writer Ved Mehta, when he was six years old and suffering from spinal meningitis. Includes a photograph of Ellen Watumull.
Photograph of a display in store window. Photo credited to Wayne Peters Cipar of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.