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Recipes Booklet - German, Karl Muffler, 1913 Document Reg. No: HT 18653

Summary:
This booklet belonging to Karl Muffler documents 'Special Recipes' of the Konditoren-Fachschule A. Heckmann Koln/Rhein', 1913. It would have formed part of his accumulated tools of trade. Karl Muffler brought this recipe book with him when he migrated to Australia in 1930.

This item relates to Karl Friedrich Muffler, qualified pastry chef and confectioner, born in 1900, who migrated to Melbourne from Germany in 1930, aboard the passenger liner 'Balranald'. Muffler quickly established himself in Melbourne, commencing employment with Bill Ikinger (who had recruited and sponsored him) at his cake shop in Brunswick, as well as joining the long-running German establishment 'Club Tivoli'. Muffler went on to establish his own business, 'The Embassy' in Malvern, and in 1939 married fellow German migrant Mathilde 'Hilde' Mayer. At this time they were members of the 'German Labour Front' of which Adolf Mayer (Hilde's father) was president. On 4th September, 1939 Karl Muffler, along with dozens of other German residents (including his father-in-law), was placed into police custody as an enemy alien. He was transferred to Tatura internment camp in northern Victoria and while there undertook woodcarving and drafting classes and worked as a cake decorator. He was transferred to a Forestry Commission camp in Broadford, and finally released in 1945. With no family left in Germany he decided to stay in Australia and became naturalised in 1947. He and Hilde had two daughters. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He also worked at Paterson's cake shop in Windsor until well into the 1970s. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
Description:
Booklet with pale brown cover and brown insignia 'HEKOFA' and titled: 'Private Konditoren-Fachschule A. Heckmann Koln/Rhein'. 20 pages.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 142 mm (Height), 112 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making, recipes
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Printed in brown ink on cover: 'HEKOFA / PRIVATE / KONDITOREN-FACHSCHULE/ A. HECKMANN / KOLN/RHEIN / FERNSPRECHER ULRICH 1364 / POSTSCHEKKONTO: KOL 63064/ STUTTGART 24173 / GIROKONTO SPARKASSE KOLN 23413 / GEGRUNDET 1913'.
Date Published: Germany, 1913
Collector: Karl Muffler, Germany, circa 1913

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