The legacies of the First World War and how they shaped modern day Queensland will be the focus of Queensland Museum’s new permanent exhibition, Anzac Legacy Gallery, which opens on 10 November.
Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said Anzac Legacy Gallery features more than 400 unique and poignant objects and stories and will provide an area for reflection and learning.
“Visitors to Queensland Museum will have the opportunity to connect with these powerful and evocative objects and learn the personal stories behind them,” she said.
“Anzac Legacy Gallery gives an insightful account of Queenslanders during the First World War and how this shaped our state today.”
Anzac Legacy Gallery features two central themes of ‘Queensland at War’ and ‘Queensland Remembers’ and at the heart of the gallery will be one of Australia’s and the world’s most significant and dramatic war relics – the A7V Sturmpanzerwagen armoured assault vehicle, Mephisto.
Combining historical artefacts with cutting-edge multimedia interactives, the gallery celebrates Queenslanders who contributed to the First World War, on the battlefield and on the home front, and links their stories with Queensland today, from contemporary service stories to innovations in science and technology.
Queensland Museum Network Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said there is an enduring appeal to Anzac Legacy Gallery which connects objects, stories and legacies from this time.
“Anzac Legacy Gallery will give visitors an insight into wartime experiences, stories of soldiers who fought on the battlefields and those at home during the First World War,” he said.
“The gallery provides an opportunity to imagine the people behind these objects and their life stories and connect them to contemporary Queensland.
“One of the features at the heart of the gallery is an object that is very much an icon, the 33 tonne tank Mephisto, which has been displayed in a way that visitors can experience in like never before,” said Dr Thompson.
The Queensland Government has contributed $8.4 million towards the development of the gallery project as part of the 2014 – 2018 Anzac Centenary, commemorating 100 years since the First World War.
Anzac Legacy Gallery is now open on Level 1, Queensland Museum.
Please credit Courtesy Queensland Museum.