“Mephisto” – the greatest Queensland war trophy

Proudly hosted by  Abbey Museum Friends is the next of our talk series for 2019: “Mephisto” – the greatest Queensland war trophy. Greg Czechura, Queensland Museum research author and long-time Abbey Museum supporter and Friend, will share his fascinating insights into this battle-scarred war trophy. Many Queenslanders over the age of 40 years will immediately recognise the magnificent WW1 German-built tank, which for many years guarded the entrance of Queensland Museum and is now the sole-surviving A7V tank in the world.

Queensland significance

Mephisto has special significance for Queensland as a powerful commemoration of our wartime sacrifice and silent witness to the horrific events of WW1 frontline battle.  In July 1918, near Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France, a detachment of soldiers from the 26th Battalion, mainly comprised of Queenslanders, helped recover the abandoned tank and drag it back to the allied lines. It was soon after claimed as a war trophy by prominent Queenslanders and transported to Brisbane, arriving at Norman Wharf in June 1919.  It took two Brisbane City Council steamrollers to transfer the tank to the …

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A world icon at the Abbey

From the collection of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology,‘Ehon Azuma-asobi’ (Picture book of the pleasure spots of the Eastern Capital)

Here at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology we are the fortunate custodians of a series of woodblock printed illustrations from an icon of the art world.  Can you guess the artist?

Born in 1760 in Edo (Tokyo) Japan, he would go on to inspire an entire 19th century cultural craze in the decorative arts to collect ‘all things’ Japanese (‘Japoinism’).  This artist inspired Art Nouveau, Impression, and was highly collected by none other than Degas, Gaugin, Klimt, Van Gogh and Manet.  Later in his life, at the age of 70 years, he created one of the most famous images of Art History, titled: ‘Under the wave off Kanagawa’ (Kanagawa oki nami ura) or ‘The Great Wave’ from the series of ‘Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji’ (Fujaka sanjurokkei).

I am of course referring to icon of world art, Katsushika Hokusai. 

The Hokusai prints held at the Abbey are …

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Abbey Open Day & Book Fair

Ditch the digital and enjoy the experience of a good book!

On Saturday 4 May 2019 the Abbey Museum will be hosting an Open Day and a greatsecond-hand Book Fair.  There will be FREE entry to the museum on this day.  All proceeds from book sales will go to installing LED lighting in the Museum display cases as part of our sustainability strategy.

Come and find a huge variety of books with all subjects from kids, cooking and craft to History.  The book fair promises to be a absolute bonanza for lovers of history, especially since the sale will include books recently deaccessioned from the Abbey Museum library and donated by local history buffs. So ditch the digital and enjoy the experience of a good book !

Early bird sales will start from 8am, so be sure to arrive early to grab a bargain on your favourite topic! The event will run from 8:00am until 2:00pm, and the Abbey Cafe will be open for scrumptious morning tea to enjoy while you browse. Of course you are always …

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