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Travel Permit - Hilde Muffler, 1943 Document Reg. No: HT 18094

This is a travel permit granting permission to Hilde Muffler, wife of Karl Muffler, to travel to and from home to place of employment and to 'move freely for business and recreation purposes within 15 miles of the G.P.O Melbourne'. It also compelled her to 'report once each month to the Police'. The permit is dated 11/11/43 and was issued in Brighton and signed by Hilde. Karl Muffler, Hilde's husband, 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. Meanwhile Hilde, also a German migrant, was issued with a travel permit (which is also in this collection) and her movements were restricted to within 15 miles of Melbourne's General Post Office. Government regulations required 'enemy aliens' to register and limit their travel to between work and home and within a specified distance from the local post office. They had to obtain permission from the authorities to travel further or change residence. With Karl away, Hilde was forced to return to live with her parents and took the job at the biscuit factory. It was a difficult time for Hilde, separated fron her husband only six months after they married, and living a life under surveillance and suspicion.

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.
Thin paper sheet enclosed in an envelope of a later date. Stamped in purple: 'Permission Granted (word 'Refused' crossed out), 3/11/1943, Commonwealth Security Service - Vic'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 152 mm (Height), 145 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: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: identification
Inscriptions: Text: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA Form D/Defence (National Security - Aliens Control) Regulations/TRAVEL PERMIT.
Date Issued: Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 11 Nov 1943
Past Owner or User: Mrs Hilde Muffler (nee Mayer), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1943

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