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Anzac Legacy Gallery | South Brisbane
13 February @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until 31 July, 2019
Open from 10 November 2018
Explore the Exhibition
How could an event on the other side of the world have had such a strong and lasting impact on us all?
The Anzac Legacy Gallery tells the fascinating story of the First World War in Queensland; the people and the things they held close – objects of war and warfare, and personal items belonging to those on the front line.
Nearly 58,000 Queenslanders enlisted, and more than ten times as many civilians supported their war efforts back home. As time has gone by, the ripples of the war have subsided, but the stories remain
Uncover the stores, objects and journeys that trace how the First World War changed the face of Queensland and continues to shape our lives, a century later.
Mephisto like you’ve never seen it before
In late 1917 the German Army produced 20 A7V Sturmpanzerwagen’s which were deployed in combat the following year. Crewed with 18 men, the cumbersome war machines clambered into action in April 1918. The German tanks were engaged in actions at such places as Villers-Bretonneux, a small French village that was recaptured by Australian soldiers at the cost of 1,200 lives. The A7V’s were involved in the first tank versus tank action.
Named Mephisto by its crew, this 30-tonne tank was part of an advance towards the French town of Amiens, resulting in the capture of Villers- Bretonneux and the temporary retreat of Allied forces. During the battle, Mephisto became stuck in a shell crater and was abandoned by its crew. It remained on the battlefield for months before troops of the 26th Battalion AIF, composed mainly of Queenslanders, regained lost ground and retrieved it, dragging the tank behind Australian lines under cover of darkness.
It was sent to Australia as a war trophy, 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. It remains the sole surviving A7V tank in the world.
Eventually Mephisto was shipped to Brisbane and preserved at Queensland Museum.