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Letter - to Karl Muffler, 12th November, 1944 Document Reg. No: HT 18087

Summary:
This is one of three letters written in German to Karl Muffler by his sister Maria, this one dated 12th November, 1944. The accompanying envelope states that the contents were opened by a censor. The letters had been redirected to the Forests Commission Camp, Broadford from Tatura Internment Camp in northern Victoria. 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. These were the last letters Karl Muffler ever received from his sister Maria. She was killed during the allied bombing of Freiburg, Germany on 27th November, 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.
Description:
Letter dated 12.11.1944, one double sided hand written sheet;
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 270 mm (Height), 211 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
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Internment
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Addressed To: Karl Muffler, Victoria, Australia, 1944

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