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Achievement Certificate - Karl Muffler, Tatura Camp, 1940 Document Reg. No: HT 18089

Summary:
This hand drawn certificate was presented to Karl Muffler by his fellow internees in recognition of his confectionary work at Tatura internment camp, 1940.

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.
Description:
Printed foolscap size stiff paper with writing in black; details typed and border decorated in coloured motifs of creativity and trade.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 336 mm (Height), 207 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: social activities
Inscriptions: 'Special acknowledgement of achievement in confectionary work.'
Place & Date Made: Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1940
Awarded To: Karl Muffler, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, 1940

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