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Drawing - Forest Camp, Broadford, Karl Muffler, 1944 Image Reg. No: MM 93246

Summary:
This is a black and white pencil drawing by Karl Muffler [initialled and dated 4/8/1944), which he completed at the Forestry Commission Camp in Broadford, northern Victoria, on 9th August, 1944. It documents the main buildings, tents and the surrounding bush environment at 'No. 2 Forest Camp.' Karl Muffler was interned as a German enemy alien at Tatura Internment Camp from 1939 to 1944, and was then released to the Civil Aliens Corp Melbourne on 27th June 1944. He was then transferred to Broadford until his release in 1945. This is one of eight sketches completed by Karl Muffler during his internment between 1939 and 1945.

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.
Description:
Sketch, pencil on paper, entitled 'No. 2 Forest Camp, Broadford', 9/8/1944. Details main buildings, tents and the bush environment.
Description Of Content:
Sketch, pencil on paper, entitled 'No. 2 Forest Camp, Broadford', 4/8/1944. Details main buildings, tents and the bush environment.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 214 mm (Height), 266 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: drawings
Original Caption: No. 2 Forest Camp, Broadford
Inscriptions: Text: K.M./No2 FOREST CAMP, BROADFORD 4.8.1944
Format: Drawing: Black & White
Creator: Karl Muffler, Broadford, Victoria, Australia, 1944
Place & Date Made: Karl Muffler, Broadford, Victoria, Australia, 1944

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