“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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