Papers of G. E. Moule

Scope and Content

This collection comprises two memoranda books of George Evans Moule relating to his service as a CMS missionary in Hangchow, China. These volumes include notes and memoranda relating to his missionary work, lists of baptised Christians, notes on baptism and confirmation candidates and other reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Evans Moule (1828-1912) was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, obtaining a B.A. in 1850. He was curate of Fordington, Dorset, 1851-1855 and chaplain of Dorset County Hospital, 1855-1857. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1857 and served in China initially in Ningpo and then in Hangchow where he was the first permanent missionary. In 1876 he returned to England and was consecrated in St Paul's Cathedral in 1880 as the first Bishop of Mid-China. He resigned as Bishop in 1907 and returned to England in 1911.

Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 ( Church Missionary Society, 1905 ). ; and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the CMS April 1959; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers also include a collection, known as the Moule Manuscripts, which comprises personal papers of several members of the Moule family as CMS missionaries in China and Japan. This collection includes papers of G. E. Moule (GB 150 CMS/ACC285). The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating to George Moule's service as a CMS missionary.

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.