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Card - Bereavement, Karl Muffler, 1996 Document Reg. No: HT 18682

Bereavement card extending thanks by the Muffler family for sympathy given at the death of Karl Muffler on 7 March, 1996.

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.
Small white card with centre fold; front features Catholic imagery of sacred heart of Jesus Christ (in colour); inside inscribed with expression of thanks and memorial birth and death dates for Karl Muffler; back colour image of eternal flame.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 115 mm (Height), 145 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: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: cards
Inscriptions: Printed inside card on left hand side: 'It is in dying that we are born to eternal life / St. Francis of Assisi / In loving memory of / Karl Friedrich Muffler / who was born on / 14th June 1900 / and was born to eternal life on / 7th March 1996 / May he rest in peace.'

Printed in inside of card on right hand side:'We wish to thank you sincerely / for the sympathy you extended / to us on the death of our / dearly loved Husband / Father and Grandfather.'

In Memory Of: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1996

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