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Condolence Card - to Wiliam Ikinger, 1934 Document Reg. No: HT 18655

Summary:
Condolence card from Karl Muffler's father in Germany to William Ikinger on the loss of his wife, 6th June, 1934. Karl Muffler had worked as a pastry chef and confectioner for Ikinger for five years after arriving in Australia in 1930, Ikinger having recruited him in Germany.

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:
Condolence card and envelope. see individual part records for further detail.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 85 mm (Height), 151 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: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: cards
Inscriptions: Herzliche Teilnahme
Presented To: Mr William Ikinger, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934

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