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Menu - Melbourne German Sick & Relieved Society, 1986 Document Reg. No: HT 18683

This is a menu for a Melbourne German Sick and Relieved Society function, celebrating a 125th anniversary, 3rd October, 1986. Karl and Hilde Muffler presumably attended the event.

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.
Folded white card menu with black type, titled: Melbourne Deutscher Krankenverein. 125 Years Melbourne German Sick and Relieved Society'. Inside the menu listing and handwritten date (3 October 1986) and autographs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 210 mm (Height), 148 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
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Community Life
Tertiary Classification: social functions
Inside left hand side, handwritten in blue pen: '3 Oktober 1986 / Heimer und Maria Haussler / From Midge Upson - Happy Days / Neryl Hauser.'
Inside right hand side, printed: 'MENU / Seafood Avocado Cocktail / or Pea and Hamj Soup / or Russian Eggs Garnished / Roast Fillet of Beef Forestiere / or Veal Escalopini Parisienne / or Fillet of Chicken Shrimps Sauce / or Fresh Fillet of Fish Dill Sauce / Pommes Boulangere / Jardinere of Vegetables / Apple Strudel and Cream / or Chocolate Mousse / Profiterole Au Chocolat / Coffee.'
Past Owner or User: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1986

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