Mephisto – the greatest Queensland war trophy
August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10 – $15
Proudly presented by Friends of the Abbey Museum 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 contributor, will kindly share his fascinating insights into this battle-scarred war trophy. Many Queenslanders over the age of 40 years will immediately recognise this 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.
“Mephisto” has special significance for Queensland as a sentimental commemoration of our wartime history 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 transported to Brisbane in June 1919, arriving at Norman Wharf in June 1919 where it was towed by two Brisbane City Council steamrollers to the Queensland Museum, then located in Fortitude Valley. “Mephisto” has been the subject of significant research and conservation work by the Queensland Museum and certainly has many stories to tell!
The talk will take place in the Abbey Hall on Saturday afternoon (2pm – 4pm), 10th August 2019.
Tickets are $10 for Members, $15 Non-Members and include a delicious afternoon tea!
(Image courtesy of Queensland Museum)