Matthew Haultain-Gall

Matthew Haultain-Gall (°1985) holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and he is a scientific collaborator at the Université catholique de Louvain. His research focuses on the cultural and social impacts of the war. His first book, The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory: Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend, was published by Monash University Publishing in 2021. Tracing how Australians have remembered and commemorated the battles of Messines and Third Ypres, it explores why these engagements occupy an ambiguous place in Australian collective memory today.  He also co-edited the recent special issue of the Journal of Belgian History on Ypres.

He worked at CegeSoma as a scientific collaborator on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project between 1 May and 30 August 2019 and has returned to the CegeSoma to work as a researcher on the same project until 2022.



  • The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory: Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend, Clayton, Vic: Monash University Publishing, 2021;
  • ‘“The Threshold of the British Empire”: Accommodation, Coercion and the Commemoration of a National Australian Narrative of War at an Imperial Site of Memory’ in After the Armistice: Empire, Endgame, Aftermath, Michael Walsh and Andrekos Varnava (eds.), Abingdon, Routledge, 2021;
  • ‘Lions and Kangaroos: Mobilising the Anzac Legend in the Ypres Salient’, Journal of Belgian History, 2021;
  • ‘The Ypres Salient: Rebuilding and Remembering “the Devil's Playground”’, Journal of Belgian History (co-author with Delphine Lauwers), 2021;
  • ‘Reflections on Ypres’ Centenary: An interview with Piet Chielens and Dominiek Dendooven’, Journal of Belgian History (co-author with Piet Chielens, Dominiek Dendooven and Delphine Lauwers), 2021;
  • ‘Soldier to Citizen: The Australian Imperial Force's Transition from War to Peace in Belgium, 1918–1919’, History Australia, 2019;
  • ‘Les alliés en Belgique : Une occupation amicale’, Le Vif/L’Express Hors-Séries : 1918–2018 : Quatre ans de guerre, cent ans d’impacts, 2018;
  • ‘Forgetting and Remembering the Anzacs in Flanders Fields’, Overland, 2017;
  • ‘Same Old Relics, Same Old Story? Displaying the Third Battle of Ypres at the Australian War Memorial, Past and Present’, History Australia, 2017;
  • ‘Bean, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Australian Narrative of the First World War’, Australian Historical Studies, 2016.