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Accounts & Purchases Journal - The Embassy Cake Shop, Karl Muffler, 1935-1938 Document Reg. No: HT 18179

This paper-backed account book with blue, marbled cover and the word 'Journal' hand-written on cover, was kept by Karl Muffler, for his Embassy cake shop business at 224 Glenferrie Road Malvern from 1935-1938.

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 in northern Victoria 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. He and Hilde had two daughters. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He also worked at Paterson's cake shop in Windsor until well into the 1970s. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
Thin, paper-backed book with blue, marbled cover and the word 'Journal' hand-written on cover. Details Muffler's Trading, Capital, Stock, Sales etc. accounts. Mostly concerned with costs relating to the business and owing to companies such as 'Henry Berry & Co.', 'Art Cake Decoration', 'Royle & Bertram', 'K.H. Schumacher' etc.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 327 mm (Height), 210 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: financial records
Inscriptions: Text, front cover: JOURNAL.
User: Karl Muffler, Malvern, Victoria, Australia, 1935-1938

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