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Catalogue - Cooking Co-Ordinates, 1974 Document Reg. No: HT 18549

This trade tools catalogue, published in South Yarra Melbourne in 1974, belonged to Karl Muffler. It includes descriptions and drawings of cooking equipment and demonstrates a continuing interest in his trade throughout his later years.

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.
Orange/Brown book entitled 'Cooking Co-ordinates Catalogue', 477 Chapel Street South Yarra, published 1974.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 255 mm (Height), 203 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: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: catalogues
Inscriptions: Text, front cover; CCOKING CO-ORDINATES/CATALOGUE.
Date Published: South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1974
Past Owner: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1974-1996


Allan Craig Posted on 05 May 2010 6:05 PM
I have a knife stamped "Made in France by professional sabatier for Cooking Co-ordinates Melbourne" followed by a circle containing two circular marks.Blade 24 cm. long 4.7 cm at the heel, 12 cm long handle with synthetic sides held with 3 brass rivets,whole knife a single length of stainless steel;cuts beautifully & easy to sharpen on a steel. It looks like knives used by chefs both here & in France. Could you please identify it as it was bought at a garage sale.
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 May 2010 9:44 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Allan, we suggest that you contact Cooking Co-Ordinates themselves as we may not have the precise catalogue with your knife and it is very difficult to identify something on such a limited description. Cooking Co-ordinates' details can be found at: http://www.belconnenmarkets.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=57&phpMyAdmin=MRBI2XoWyXDWHR5bj42zSwscoe5

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