Ship Cabin Card - 'Cap Polonio', Karl Muffler, 1926 Reg. No: HT 18532
- This cabin card, detailing passenger and cabin berth details, was issued to Karl Muffler for his voyage on the ship 'Cap Polonio' in 1926. Karl was employed on the ship as a pastry cook.. Karl brought the cabin card with him when he migrated to Australia in 1930.
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 cream ship cabin card, with red border and 'Cap Polonio' pencilled in with passenger and cabin details.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
|Dimensions:||120 mm (Height), 71 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|
|Secondary Classification:||Travel - Shipboard Life|
|Tertiary Classification:||rules & regulations|
|Inscriptions:||Text: Hamburg-Sudamerikanische/Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft/CAP POLONIO/Bestellung/Pedido.|
|Issued To:||Karl Muffler, Hamburg, Germany, 1926|
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