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William Henry Moule (1858–1939)

Judge Moule, for many years a leading figure on the Victorian County Court Bench and a member of the first Australian Test cricket team, died at his home in Queen's road on Thursday night.

Born at Brighton on January 21, 1858, and educated at the Melbourne Grammar School, Judge Moule soon made his mark in cricket. He was captain of the school eleven in 1874, and six years later toured England as a member of Murdoch's Australian Eleven. In the only Test match in which he played on the tour Judge Moule made 6 and 34. He represented Victoria against England in 1870 and against New South Wales from 1881 to 1885.

Judge Moule was called to the Bar in 1879 and had a varied practice. Many of his briefs came from his brother's legal firm of Moule Hamilton and Kiddle - now Moule, Hamilton and Derham. He became a reporter for the Victorian Law Reports, and in 1905 succeeded the late Judge Box as editor of that journal.

Judge Moule was appointed to the County Court Bench in 1907, and for many years he devoted much of his time to the administration of the State Insolvency Act. When the Federal Bankruptcy Act came into operation, Judge Moule acted in that jurisdiction until the appointment of Mr. Justice Lukin.

Judge Moule at one time was also interested in politics, and he represented Brighton in the Legislative Assembly from 1894 to 1900. He had a term as president of the Old Melburnians, and he also held the office of Chancellor of the Diocese of Wangaratta.

Judge Moule married Miss Osborne, daughter of the late Mr. Henry Osborne, and had two sons and one daughter. One son, Humphrey Osborne Moule, enlisted with the 4th Light Horse, A.I.F., and was killed at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, on August 6, 1915. The other son is a solicitor in the office of Moule, Hamilton, and Derham. The daughter is Mrs. H. A. Hay, of Barwon Heads.

The funeral, which was private, left St. Andrew's Church, Brighton, yesterday morning after a service conducted by Archdeacon H. B. Hewett. At the Brighton Cemetery a service was conducted by the Rev. F. Godfrey Hughes. The chief mourners were Judge Moule's son, Mr. W. H. Moule, and his nephews, Messrs. Adrian and Morris Court. Also present were Canon E. S. Hughes and Major-General F. G. Hughes and a few close friends.

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Life Summary [details]


31 January, 1858
Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


24 August, 1939 (aged 81)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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