What is Mephisto?

Mephisto is the only surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen tank in the world. It was captured during the First World War in July 1918 near the French town of Villers-Bretonneux.

How did it come to Australia?

The tank was salvaged by soldiers from the 26th Battalion, comprised mainly of Queenslanders, who helped recover the abandoned tank and drag it behind allied lines. It was later sent to Australia as a war artefact, arriving in Brisbane in June 1919 to much fanfare where it was towed by two Brisbane City Council steamrollers to Queensland Museum.

Why is Mephisto being housed at The Workshops Rail Museum?

Mephisto was temporarily loaned to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in July 2016 until May 2017, where it featured in an exhibition called Over the Front. As the loan period has expired, the object has returned to Queensland Museum Network. Mephisto arrived at The Workshops Rail Museum on Thursday, 8 June 2017 where it is undergoing conservation and curatorial assessment.

Will I be able to see Mephisto?

Yes. Visitors have an opportunity to view the object while conservation work is undertaken. It will be on show in a de-humidified balloon-like cover called a ‘carcoon’.

Do I need to pay to see Mephisto at The Workshops Rail Museum?

Yes. The Workshops Rail Museum has paid entry and admission prices include all exhibitions and displays including Mephisto.

What conservation works are being undertaken?

Being a large and precious metal object, Mephisto needs continually conservation. Mephisto has undergone specialist metals conservation at the Australian War Memorial and will continue to undergo further remedial conservation works at The Workshops Rail Museum. The ‘carcoon’ Mephisto is placed in will protect it from the humidity and the elements.

Can we see the conservation works in progress?

Yes. Visitors have an opportunity to view the object while the conservation work is undertaken. It is on display inside a ‘carcoon’ near the Nippers Railway area.

Want to learn more? Head to the Queensland Museum page for further information.


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