Gail Romano


Gail is a historian and researcher working in the culture and heritage sector as Associate Curator, War History at Auckland War Memorial Museum. She is particularly interested in social, cultural and economic aspects of New Zealand’s war experiences.

She was a member of the team which developed the New Zealand Liberation Museum Te Arawhata in Le Quesnoy, France, and which opened in October 2023.

Gail has been an organiser of symposiums including the international ‘Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its legacy’ held in Wellington in 2017, and co-editor of the subsequent publications, The Myriad Legacies of 1917: A Year of War and Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and The Enduring Impact of the First World War: A Collection of Perspectives (Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 21, 2020).

Recent publications include ‘Empire Citizens in Training: Children and the 1913 Visit of HMS New Zealand’, (with David Littlewood) The New Zealand Journal of History, Volume 57, Number 2, October 2023 (University of Auckland, 23-40); ‘In the Midst of Death we are in Life: Gallipoli’ (ed.) (Auckland War Memorial Museum, 2023); ‘The Invisible Tailor: Finding Isaac Calmanson’, Context 41, (Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand, Summer 2020/21). Gail often contributes to the Museum’s blog.


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