Hilde Muffler’s husband Karl was interned in the Tatura camps as well as others around the country. Unlike the Murakami family, it was only Karl that was imprisoned rather than the whole family. What is amazing about this is that although Hilde was not imprisoned, she was still treated as a prisoner. In November of 1943, Hilde was issued a travel permit (image below) which allowed her to travel up to 15 miles from the main Post Office in Melbourne. This allowed her to work at a factory in Prahran and move around for recreational purposes throughout the day. However, it also states on this permit that Hilde was required to check in with police on a monthly basis. This appears to be somewhat of a parole system, where the authorities can keep a close eye on Hilde. All of this occurred because Hilde Muffler’s husband was considered an enemy alien and was interned.
This makes it clear that authorities throughout Australia during WW2 felt the need to protect themselves and their country which ultimately lead to many innocent people being imprisoned. Furthermore, many innocent people were separated from their family and then also treated like a paroled prisoner.