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Drawing - Main Building, Tatura Internment Camp, Karl Muffler, 1939 Reg. No: MM 93710
- This is a black and white pencil drawing by Karl Muffler, which he completed at Tatura internment camp, northern Victoria, 24th October 1939. It documents the main building. Karl Muffler was interned as a German enemy alien at Tatura, from 1939 to 1944, and this drawing was competed soon after his arrival. This is one of seven pencil sketches completed by Karl Muffler in Tatura internment camp, 1939-1944.
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.
- Pencil sketch on A4 size pape of 'Military Camp Tatura, Vict. Australia' (Main building) dated 24.10.1939; b/w pencil drawing.
- Description Of Content:
- Pencil sketch of Tatura internment camp by Karl Muffler, 1939.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
|Dimensions:||225 mm (Height), 307 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making|
|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|
|Original Caption:||Military Camp Tatura, Vict., Australia 24.10.39.|
|Inscriptions:||Front, handwritten, pencil: "K. MUFFLER / 1939".
Reverse, handwritten, pencil: "Military Camp Tatura, Vict., Australia 24.10.39."
|Format:||Drawing: Black & White|
|Creator:||Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1939|
|Place & Date Made:||Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1939|
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