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Cake Design Book - Karl Muffler, William Angliss Food Trades School, 1940s Document Reg. No: HT 18656

Summary:
This book of drawings contains various worksheets, tracings for cake designs and lesson plans for teaching at William Angliss Food Trades School. Karl Muffler taught a cake decorating class to 60 returned ex-servicemen at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne from May to August, 1947, under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Scheme. Karl took groups of 15 students at a time, receiving 20 shillings per two-hour session. The designs were repeated on cakes in 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 in northern Victoria 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. He and Hilde had two daughters. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He also worked at Paterson's cake shop in Windsor until well into the 1970s. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
Description:
Large drawing book with faded blue cover and text printed in black. Contains various worksheets, tracings for cake designs and lesson plans for teaching at William Angliss Food Trades School. Cover inscribed in red pen: 'WAF Trade School'. Loose hand drawn colour pencil drawings of cake designs; 4 tracing paper sheets of hand drawn pencil cake border decorations, some themed and labelled.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 307 mm (Height), 250 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, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: training & education
Inscriptions: Front handwritten in red pen: 'W.A.F TRADE SCH.'

Front printed in black: 'THE VICTORIAN / DRAWING BOOK / Name / Class / Commenced / Finished.'
Creator: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1940s
User: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1947
References: Nunn, Kathy, William Angliss College: the First Fifty Years, Hargreen Pub. Co., 1990

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