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The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War

Exploring the impact of World War I on Tasmania and Tasmanians


The Suspense is Awful commemorates the role Tasmanians played in World War I and the impact the war had on Tasmanian society.

Drawing from the museum’s collections, the exhibition highlights stories previously untold – including those of Tasmanian Aboriginal servicemen and of the men and women who provided medical support on the front line.

Thousands of Tasmanian men and women enlisted to serve in WWI, and by keeping diaries, writing home and collecting souvenirs they created their own memories of the war. Their families found the four years of war awful, as they wondered whether they would ever see their loved ones again.

This exhibition tells the story of their wait – how they grieved, kept themselves busy, helped the war effort, were interned as enemy aliens, argued about conscription, and remembered and made sense of the sacrifices made.

Visit the dedicated exhibition website to explore the poignant stories and see the wonderful images featured in The Suspense is Awful.

This exhibition has been supported by the Australian Government through the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

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The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – TMAG
Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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