Certificate - Great Centenary Choir Membership, 1935 Reg. No: HT 18681
- Certificate (no name filled in) acknowledging membership of the Great Centenary Choir as part of the Melbourne/Victoria Centenary celebration in 1935. There is no evidence that Karl Muffler was a member of the choir but the presence of the certificate amongst his personal effects suggests that he may have been.
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.
- A5 sized certificate, cream card with black script and blue Centenary Victoria Melbourne 1934-35 logo. Headed 'Centenary Celebrations Council and inscribed '___________(no name filled in) was a Member of The Great Centenary Choir which participated in the Commemorative Ceremony in connection with the Centenary Celebrations of The City of Melbourne on Saturday, 8th June, 1935.' Signed by the Chairman and General Secretary.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
|Dimensions:||210 mm (Height), 168 mm (Width)|
|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:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Secondary Classification:||Centenary of Victoria|
|Inscriptions:||Printed on front: 'Centenary Celebrations Council / ________ was a Member of / The Great Centenary Choir / which participated in the / Commemorative Ceremony in connection / with the Centenary Celebrations of / The City of Melbourne / on Saturday, 8th June, 1935 / (signed) Chairman / (signed) General Secretary / 10th June 1935.'|
|Awarded To:||Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1935|
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