The Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney holds Australia's most important collection of Egyptian antiquities. It was established thanks to a major donation from Sir Charles Nicholson, who travelled to Egypt in 1856-7, purchasing material along the way. This paper re-constructs his journey using the objects themselves and previously unpublished 19th century source material. What emerges is a man who, understanding the 'newness' of Sydney, deliberately sought to imbue its inhabitants and students of the new University with a deep understanding of its roots in Western civilisation, through the material culture of ancient Egypt and other places of great antiquity.
|Title of host publication||Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney|
|Editors||Karin N. Sowada, Boyo G. Ockinga|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Meditarch Publishing, University of Sydney|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||International Committee for University Museums & Collections Annual Conference: Exposing and Exploiting the Distinct Character of University Museums and Collections - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 29 Sep 2002 → 3 Oct 2002
Conference number: 2
|Conference||International Committee for University Museums & Collections Annual Conference|
|Period||29/09/02 → 3/10/02|
Sowada, K. (2006). Sir Charles Nicholson: an Early Scholar-Traveller in Egypt. In K. N. Sowada, & B. G. Ockinga (Eds.), Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney (pp. 1-13).  Sydney: Meditarch Publishing, University of Sydney.