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Magazine - Catering, April 1938 Document Reg. No: HT 18180

Summary:
This is the first volume of the official journal of the Victorian Master Pastrycooks Association, dated April 1938. It belonged to Karl Muffler, presumably as part of his professional reference library. The majority of the edition deals with the results of the 'Pastrycooks Exhibition' competition. The magazine features reference to a prize awarded to a cake by Patersons Cake shop, which employed Karl Muffler from 1930-1935 and for many years after World War II.

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:
Thin white, red and pale green cover, titled 'Catering', published by Nyconder & Co. Pty Ltd Abbotsford.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 277 mm (Height), 218 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
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Text, front cover: CATERING/THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF/THE VICTORIAN MASTER PASTRYCOOKS' ASSOCIATION/THE CAFE, CATERERS & RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION/THE TOURIST HUOSE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA/THE GUEST HOUSE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA/VOL.1-No. 1 APRIL, 1938.
Date Published: 1938

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