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Recipe Book - 'English Commercial Confectionary', late 1930s Document Reg. No: HT 18080

Summary:
This is a small exercise book with a black cover, filled with handwritten recipes copied from 'English Commercial Confectionary' London,1937'.The recipe book, containing numerous cake, sandwich, paste, pie and other recipes, were written transcribed by Karl Muffler, around the late 1930s.

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:
Small, A5 sized, black, hand written exercise book copied from 'English Commercial Confectionary' London,1937'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 228 mm (Height), 175 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making, recipes
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: COPIES FROM ENGLISH/COMMERCIAL CONFECTIONARY
Assembler: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, late 1930s

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