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Program - Club Tivoli 125th Anniversary, 1985 Document Reg. No: HT 18702

This is a German Singers Festival Program, presumably part of the Club Tivoli 125th silver jubilee celebrations for 1985. It was held at the Camberwell Civic Centre on 8 June, 1985. Karl Muffler became involved in the Tivoli Club, a German community social club, which first formed in Melbourne in 1860, soon after his arrival in Australia in 1930, and continued his connection throughout his life. It was probably this connection that was one of the reasons for his rapid intermnent in September, 1939.

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 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. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
Fold-out A4 size gloss program, white with red, yellow and black Club Tivoli log on front cover. Titled: '7 Deutsches Sangerfest' (German Singers Festival) at Camberwell civic Centre on 8/6/1985. Inside lists the various performing choirs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 275 mm (Height), 207 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930, Immigrant Stories & Timeline, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Community Life
Tertiary Classification: social functions
Inscriptions: Front cover, printed, black ink: "7. Deutches Sangerfest / 125. Jubilaum der / Liedertafel ARJON / 8. June 1985 2 pm / at Camberwell Civic Centre ..." and associated text. Extensive text within. Back cover, printed, black ink: "Ich wunsche der / Liedertafel "ARJON" / als langjahriges Mitglied / und Gonner ..." and associated text.
Date Published: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985
User: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985

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