James Egan Moulton
Moulton was born in North Shields, Northumberland. Many members of his family were Methodist ministers and he attended the Wesleyan school Kingswood in Bath. In 1863 he was the founding headmaster of Newington College while awaiting a posting to Tonga. Before leaving, he married Emma Knight and they had three sons and three daughters together.
In Tonga he presided over the Methodist church and established Tupou College, patronised by King George Tupou I. During his time in Tonga, a schism formed within the church leading to the creation of the Free Church of Tonga. Throughout the dispute, Moulton managed to stay on good terms with the new movement. He translated several texts into Tongan, including Milton's Paradise Lost.
Moulton returned to Sydney in 1893 and took up the presidency of Newington College. In 1895, Moulton was the inaugural President of the Old Newingtonians' Union. During this time, he completed translating the Bible into Tongan, which is still in use today in Tonga. He died, aged sixty-eight, in Lindfield and is buried in Gore Hill cemetery.
- John Fletcher Moulton, brother
- Richard Green Moulton, brother
- William Fiddian Moulton, brother
- James Hope Moulton, nephew
- John Egan Moulton, great grandson
- Bible translations into Oceanic languages
- http://nla.gov.au/nla.aus-vn1909669 Tongan translation of Paradise Lost at National Library of Australia
- Newington Across the Years, A History of Newington College 1863 - 1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 347
- Works by or about James Egan Moulton at Internet Archive
- S. G. Claughton, 'Moulton, James Egan (1841 - 1909)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, MUP, 1974, pp 305–306.
- D. S. Macmillan, Newington College 1863-1963 (Syd, 1963)
- P. L. Swain, Newington Across the Years 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999)
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