Condolence Card - to William Ikinger, 1934 Reg. No: HT 18655 1
- Condolence card from Karl Muffler's father in Germany to William Ikinger on the loss of his wife, 6th June, 1934. Karl Muffler had worked as a pastry chef and confectioner for Ikinger for five years after arriving in Australia in 1930, Ikinger having recruited him in Germany.
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.
- Card with chiascurro black border, title in black ink 'Herzliche Teilnahme' with decorative ivy motif and handwritten on reverse.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
|Dimensions:||85 mm (Height), 151 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:||CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS|
|Secondary Classification:||Death & Mourning|
|Inscriptions:||Front: 'Herzliche Teilnahme'.
Back: 'Dear Sir / My son Karl told me in his / letter, arriving yesterday, that a very trouble- / some event happened in your family / by the loss of your wife, Mrs. Ikinger. / We, my daughter as well as myself, are / very touched of this unfortunate event / and I beg to assure you of our heartily condolence. / I remain, Dear Sir / Yours respectfully / Carl Muffler / Zizenhausen / 6th June 1934. / Kreis Konstanz / Germany.'
|Presented To:||Mr William Ikinger, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934|
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