Upcoming RHSQ Events
Wednesday Lunchtime talk: The Mephisto Tank
Join us for a talk on 'The Mephisto Tank" presented by Mark Whitmore on 12 April 2017 from 12:30pm.
Mark Whitmore, is the former Director of Collections and Research, Imperial War Museum, London.
Mark started his museum career at the Queensland Museum in 1986 and, as Senior Curator of History and Technology, wrote a book on the Museum’s unique First World War tank, Mephisto. He subsequently joined the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, where he headed the Collections Branch, moved to the UK in 2003 as Director of Collections and retired in April 2015. Mark is currently assisting staff of the Queensland Museum who are producing a major new book on Mephisto.
Mephisto: the unique first world war German tank.
One of the most significant technological developments of the First World War was the invention of the tank. The first appearance of British tanks, in September 1916, led the Germans to develop a similar vehicle that combined an ability to cross rough terrain with armoured protection for its crew and that was equipped with substantial firepower. Known as the A7V, just 20 of these tanks were produced by the Germans. Only one example survives – Mephisto. Captured at Villers Bretonneux in 1918, it was brought to Brisbane after the war and displayed at The Queensland Museum. In recent years the tank has undergone substantial conservation work and is currently displayed in Canberra but is due to return again to Queensland for display. This presentation tells the story of Mephisto, including its development, operational history (as part of the first German tank until which launched the first German tank operation), capture and post-war history in Australia.
Talk is followed by light lunch by donation ($5 recommended).
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3221 4198.
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Saturday Seminar with The Australian Lebanese Historical Society
The RHSQ and Australian Lebanese Historical Society are proud to present The Ties that Bind, a joint seminar and exhibition examining the history of Lebanese migrants in Queensland.
This special day of history will be held at the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street. Tickets are $25 for RHSQ and ALHS members, and $30 for guests.
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Wednesday Lunchtime talk: Colonial era guns
Join us for a talk on 'Colonial era guns" presented by Ian Skennerton on Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 12:30 pm.
Firearms specialist Ian Skennerton will give a talk on the guns used by our early settlers. Most of these were war surplus muskets and pistols from various wars in Europe and England.
Followed by light lunch.
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Queensland Day Dinner
The President and Members of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Professional Historians Association (Qld) request the pleasure of your company at the 2017 Queensland Day Dinner and the presentation of the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction.
Special guest speaker: The Honourable Ian Callinan AC, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Dinner: $135/RHSQ members, $145/guests
Dress: Lounge Suit/Cocktail
Please RSVP by 19 May 2017 by returning the payment slip available from The Royal Historical Society of Queensland: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3221 4198... See MoreSee Less