Queensland’s Beloved Mephisto Back On Display at The Workshops Rail Museum

14 March 2013

One of Queensland’s favourite icons, World War 1 tank Mephisto, will be on display at The Workshops Rail Museum from 18 March after being given a big tick by conservators.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said Queenslanders are being asked to share their memories of the 94-year-old tank from its time at the Old Museum in Bowen Hills and the Queensland Museum at South Bank.

“The Museum will use the contributions from the public to help them better interpret a new Mephisto display,” Mr Moritz said.

“After a year out of the public eye to undergo conservation treatment, Mephisto has a new temporary home here at The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich.

“It was moved from the Queensland Museum’s South Bank campus when the museum underwent redevelopment which provided an excellent opportunity to do conservation treatment on the world’s only surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen tank.

“Treatment took a year and there were surprises for the conservation workers, who discovered World War 1 barbed wire and almost 20 litres of dust and grime.

“The good news is that the conservation assessment showed the A7V tank is in relatively good condition. This treatment will ensure this one-of-a-kind, 30-tonne tank continues to amaze visitors for generations to come.”

A small Mephisto display at The Workshops Rail Museum teaches visitors about the tank as well as the specialist conservation treatment and techniques used to store such a large and precious metal object, with Mephisto now kept in a balloon-like cover called a carcoon.

To contribute a photo or memory about Mephisto or for further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.