In 2012 Gwenyth Jones donated funds to create a prize to celebrate undergraduate student engagement with the Nicholson Collection. The Max Le Petit and Gwenyth Jones Nicholson Museum Prize (named after Max Le Petit) is awarded bi-annually for an essay or written work submitted as part of a student’s undergraduate coursework on any aspect of the Nicholson Collection. The submitted work must have been completed within the preceding two years from the deadline for nominations.
The prize is named in memory of Gwenyth Jones's fiancé Maxwell Le Petit who died suddenly in 1947, aged 24. Max completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Sydney and was a teaching fellow in the Department of Classics. Gwenyth had met Max Le Petit while she was serving in the Air Force. While Max had initially enlisted, he was discharged before entering service due to his history with pneumonia. The couple were engaged in 1945. In 1946, Professor Trendall appointed Max as Assistant Curator of the Nicholson Museum, charged with academic tutoring, and the re-organisation of the Egyptian collection in preparation for the second edition of the Nicholson Museum Handbook (1948). Max was a beloved colleague, teacher and friend who was described by Professor MacDonald as "possessing great humanity". In his memory, Professor Trendall, with contributions received from staff and students, purchased a white-ground funerary lekythos by the Athenian 'Thanatos Painter' for the Nicholson Collection.
Nominations are currently closed for the Max Le Petit and Gwenyth Jones Nicholson Museum Prize. This prize is awarded bi-annually and will be open for the next round of submissions in semester 2 2021. This prize will be for any University of Sydney undergraduate student’s work focussing on the Nicholson Collection completed during 2020 and 2021.
Students eligible to apply may submit their work directly to the Senior Curator via email before the submission deadline.
Tutors and Lecturers may nominate a student’s work directly to the Senior Curator via email.
All nominations must include:
The successful work will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of:
The decision of the selection committee is final. If no nominations or no suitable nominations are submitted then the prize may not be awarded in that year.
Featured image (top of the page): Max Le Petit examines a model of an Athenian trireme, superimposed Athenian white-ground lekythos by the 'Thanatos Painter' purchased in memory of Max.