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Wedding Menu - Karl Muffler & Hilde Mayer, 1939 Document Reg. No: HT 18178

This is a menu from the wedding reception held for Hilde Mayer and Karl Muffler at the Hotel Alexander, Spencer Street, City, on 4th March 1939. Their wedding ceremony had been held at St. Mary's Church, Dandenong Road, St Kilda. 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.
Fold-out card wedding menu for guests of the bride, at 'Hotel Alexander, Melbourne', and date (4/3/1939).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 292 mm (Height), 87 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: menus
Inscriptions: Printed inscription reads, in part; 'HOCHZEITSFEIER / MAYER MUFFLER / in / Hotel Alexander / Melbourne, 4th March, 1939'
Issued To: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 04 Mar 1939
Issued To: Mrs Hilde Muffler (nee Mayer), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 04 Mar 1939
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 04 Mar 1939

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