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Wedding Invitation - Karl Muffler & Hilde Mayer, 1939 Document Reg. No: HT 18173

This unused wedding invitation announces that Mr and Mrs A. Mayer request the company of the invitee to the marriage of 'Hilde' to 'Mr. Karl Muffler' at 'St. Mary's Church, Dandenong Road, St Kilda' and to a reception at the 'Hotel Alexander, Spencer Street, City', on the 4th March, 1939. Hilde and Karl had met through the German Tivoli Club; Karl was also good friends with her parents, and connected to the German Labour Front of which Hilde's father Adolf Mayer was president. After their wedding, they moved into a flat in Raleigh St Windsor, but were only settled for six months before Karl was interned, along with her father, as an enemy alien in September in 1939.

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.
Printed plain card with silver edging. Blank invitation with Mr and Mrs A Mayer requesting company of invitee to the marriage of 'Hilde' to 'Mr. Karl Muffler' at 'St. Mary's Church, Dandenong Road, St Kilda' and reception at 'Hotel Alexander, Spencer Street, City'., 4/3/1939.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 114 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: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Text: Mr. & Mrs. A. Mayer/request the pleasure of the company of/at the Marriage of their daughter/Hilde,/to/Mr. Karl Muffler/at St. Mary's Church, Dandenong Road, St. Kilda/on Saturday, March 4th, 1939, at 5 p.m./And afterwards at a dinner at The Hotel Alexander/Spencer Street, City/R.S.V.P./BY 22.2.39/35 CLONAIG STREET/BRIGHTON s.6.
Issued By: Mr & Mrs A. Mayer, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 1939
Person Named: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1939
Person Named: Mrs Hilde Muffler (nee Mayer), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1939

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