Feel fear? Be very afraid. Perhaps the strongest of all emotions, fear can crucify your body. Faced with impending danger, your hair stands on end. Blood runs cold. Flesh creeps. Adrenalin pumps as you flinch, shake or quiver, even petrify. Terrors by their nature must be faced alone. But in retelling the horror, fear can unite.
Kim Eastman and Susie Aulich and the fear of dying
Kim Eastman and Susie Aulich of Launceston have decided to bring a little life to the business of death by making custom coffins.
A custom coffin is a celebration of a person's life It gets people thinking about death, discussing it with family and friends and begins to break down the barriers which keep us from accepting death.
Kim Eastman and Susie Aulich, 1999
Susie and Kim believe their custom made coffins 'make the statement that the person inside is an individual and not afraid to carry that mark of individuality right to the grave'.
They found a gap in the coffin market: 'We thought that the coffins on offer, all of similar shapes and varying shades of brown, were boring and depressing and expressed nothing of the life of the person inside them.'
A mermaid coffin is on display in the Eternity gallery. It was crafted by three Tasmanian artists and features a mermaid on the outside, a seabed on the inside and a pillow in the shape of a shell.
Olga Horak and the fears of a Holocaust survivor
Olga Horak survived one of the most tragic and terrifying periods in world history.
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) in 1926, Olga was thirteen years old when the war broke out. The passing of the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws in her country in 1940 resulted in the removal of Olga's older sister Judith by the Nazis and forced Olga and her parents into hiding. Olga was later to discover that Judith had been murdered in Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp.
The Rosenberger family lived in constant fear of being discovered. In 1944 they were denounced and transported first to a transit camp and then to Auschwitz.
Olga's father was gassed at Auschwitz and after being selected to survive by the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, Olga and her mother lived through five different concentration camps and a death march. Olga and her mother were prisoners of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany when in April 1945, British troops arrived to liberate the prisoners. Olga's mother died on this day. In 1949 Olga and her husband John, also a Holocaust survivor, emigrated to Australia to begin a new life. Olga Horak continues to tell her story at the Jewish Museum in Sydney, where she works as a volunteer.
Olga expresses some of her feelings through sculpture, and one of these, called 'Exodus', is on display.
Rodney Fox overcomes fear of a shark attack
We must learn to live with and understand all sharks including the great white sharks and not kill them simply out of fear.
Rodney Fox, 2001
While participating in a spear-fishing tournament off Aldinga Beach south of Adelaide in 1963, Rodney Fox was nearly bitten in half by a great white. Held together by his wet suit, he was rushed to a hospital, where 462 stitches were required to sew him up. Rodney was back in the water in less than three months and has devoted much of his life to understanding the behaviour of the great white shark.
He is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on the great white shark and he has been involved in numerous expeditions, movies, books and scientific studies of the shark.
The jaws of a great white shark are on show in Eternity.
Simon Quayle's fear during the Bali bombing
Born 1969On Saturday night, 12 October 2002, the Sari Club in Bali came under attack from terrorists. Two blasts destroyed the club killing many of those inside. Simon Quayle was there with 20 members of the Kingsley football club. This trip was to be a celebration of the club's success during the latest football season. Seven of the members of the club were killed during the attack. Simon recalls:
A memorial container of debris from the Sari Club, presented to Simon by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is on display in the Eternity gallery.
We were all having a good time, and then bang - within a minute the whole place was burning. The flames were just unbearable.
The roof was on top of me, it all caved in, and all around there was flames and fire and people started panicking and were trying any exit out, any entrance. It was absolute chaos in there.
'Weary' Dunlop and the fears of a POW
Known as the 'Surgeon of the Railway', Sir Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop was one of the medical officers who cared for sick and dying men in World War II.
After Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942, Dunlop recalls: 'We were too busy to feel much fear. The daily flow of casualties due to air action swelled heavily.'
Right: Colonel (Ernest) Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, OBE, MS Melb, FRCS, FRACS. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial (http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/ART26999)
In January 1943, Dunlop was one of 61,000 allied prisoners-of-war who were forced to work in the jungle building the Thai-Burma Railway.
The work was back-breaking, the conditions were harsh and the rations were meagre. The men became increasingly malnourished. They succumbed to tropical ulcers, malaria and exhaustion. Dunlop sometimes had to stand up to the Japanese guards who wanted the men to continue working rather than receive medical treatment and rest. Dunlop states:
I am not one of those who do not know fear, but I have learned that fear is easily trampled underfoot by self-discipline and a resolute and steadfast way of living.
Their [the Japanese] contempt for those who surrendered to an enemy steeled me to a resolve to at least never show them fear in facing death and, still more testing, not to flinch as it came.
'Weary' Dunlop kept a diary throughout World War II which was strictly forbidden by the Japanese. He hid part of it in a billy can which he buried at his camp in Thailand and retrieved after peace was declared.
'Weary' Dunlop was given this nickname in his first year at Ormond College, Melbourne. His surname, 'Dunlop' is also the name of a tyre manufacturing company. Tyres became tires and he was christened 'Weary', a name by which he was known for the rest of his life.
Stories previously on display
Fear for her life during the Second World War (1950-1970s)
Fear of sharks, exploited by Western writer (1930s)
Cyclone Tracy survivor (1970s)
Unarmed peacekeeper under attack, fear of civilians (1999)
Bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracey (Second World War and 1974)
Violet and Bruce Roberts
Sufferers of domestic violence, convicted for killing the abuser, eventually released (to 1980s)
Hungarian asylum seeker after 1956 Olympics (1956)