George Moule

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George Evans Moule /ˈml/ (January 28, 1828, Gillingham, Dorset – March 3, 1912, Auckland Castle) was an Anglican missionary[1] in China[2] and the first Anglican bishop of mid-China.[3]


He was the second of eight sons of Henry Moule, an inventor and the vicar of Fordington, Dorset and his wife Mary Mullett Moule née Evans.[4] He graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1850.[5] He was made a Doctor of Divinity in 1880 and in 1905 was made an honorary Fellow of the college. In 1857 he was accepted by the Church Missionary Society and arrived in Ningpo in 1858. In 1861 he was joined there by his brother Arthur Evans Moule. They survived the Taiping Rebellion, and in 1864 he began missionary work in Hangchow (Hangzhou), remaining there until 1874. In 1880 he was made Bishop of Mid-China,[6] with the seat of the diocese at Hangchow. He was known to develop Chekiang (Zhejiang) into a strong diocese.[7] He resigned as bishop in 1907, and returned to England in 1911, to die the next year at the residence of his younger brother Handley Moule, the Bishop of Durham.[8]


Moule and his wife Adelaide had seven children, four of whom (George Moule, C. F. Moule, Henry W. Moule, and Arthur C. Moule) survived him. Their daughter Adelaide Mary Moule (1859-1901) also worked as a missionary in China,[9] as did their sons Henry and Arthur and another daughter, Jane F. Moule. Arthur C. Moule (1873-1957) became a noted sinologist, serving as Professor of Chinese at Cambridge 1933-1938.


  1. ^ CMS Archive Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ Rootsweb
  5. ^ "Moule, George Evans (ML844GE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ Consecration of Bishops at St. Paul'sThe Times Friday, Oct 29, 1880; pg. 8; Issue 30025; col G
  7. ^ Wickeri, Philip L. (2017-02-02), "Anglicanism in China and East Asia, 1819–1912", The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III, Oxford University Press, pp. 318–337, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699704.003.0015, ISBN 9780199699704, retrieved 2018-07-20
  8. ^ Obituary Bishop G. E. Moule. The Times Monday, Mar 04, 1912; pg. 11; Issue 39837; col E
  9. ^ The Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal, Volume 33, Presbyterian Mission Press, Shanghai, 1902, p. 27

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