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Technical Drawings Folio - Tatura Internment Camp, Karl Muffler, 1943-1944 Document Reg. No: HT 18277

This large green bound folio contains technical mathematical and geometric colour pencil sketches. This folio of work by Karl Muffler, is inscribed 'Tatura' 29th March 1943 to 20th April 1944. The drawings deal mainly with perspective in numerous geometric designs and demonstrate the kind of activities undertaken by interns (often instructed by other interns) to keep themselves occupied. Karl Muffler was interned as a German enemy alien at Tatura Internment Camp, from 1939 to 1944.

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.
Large green bound folio containing technical mathematical and geometric colour pencil sketches. Screw bound spine with the pages folding out.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 445 mm (Height), 314 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Internment during World War II Australia, Migration Collection, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Internment
Tertiary Classification: education & training
Creator: Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1943-1944
Place & Date Made: Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1943-1944

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