Tom Keneally Centre

The SMSA is proud to be the home of the Tom Keneally Centre.

Come and visit; it’s a perfect place to do some research or just enjoy some peace and quiet.

Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10:30am – 2:30pm.


Tom Keneally Centre at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

Tom Keneally wearing a hat in the Tom Keneally Centre

Thomas Keneally - About the man

Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally is one of Australia's best known and most respected authors.
Tom Keneally Centre

About the Tom Keneally Centre

The Tom Keneally Centre holds the research collection of world-renowned author Thomas Keneally, in addition to copies of his own works and some items from his private collection of photographs and memorabilia.
Frank Moorhouse (left) with Tom Keneally in the Tom Keneally Centre

Tom Keneally Centre - A Cultural Hub

A cultural hub, the Tom Keneally Centre is devoted to Australian literature and history, reflecting the synergy between the SMSA and Tom Keneally's approach to writing and to life; open access to knowledge, continued learning and social change.
Borrow from the Tom Keneally Centre

Borrow books from the Tom Keneally Centre

SMSA is pleased to announce that members can now borrow books from the Tom Keneally Centre collection, in addition to the main SMSA Library.

Events in the Tom Keneally Centre

Tom Keneally Centre, books and Tom Keneally

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre — Everyone Welcome!

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre, the living legacy of award-winning author Thomas Keneally, described by sydney(magazine) as one of the top 20 most peaceful places in Sydney.

Tom Keneally News

19 Nov 2013 — Wrap Up: Tom Keneally Centre Live Blogging

The Tom Keneally Centre was a hotbed of activity yesterday when Walter Mason took over Tom Keneally’s office for the day. (Fortunately, Tom was willing to share!)

Over an 8 hour span, Walter interviewed Tom, PM Newton, Claire Scobie, Garry Wotherspoon and Helen O’Neill in the Tom Keneally Centre as Southerly journal’s guest blogger.

Walter also had an opportunity to chat with several members and also to hear Tom Keneally talk about his newest novel, Shame and the Captives.

Thanks to Walter, Southerly and all the authors who took part. What a great day!

Read the articles

Thomas Keneally
Shame and the Captives and his pick for the one novel everyone should read.

P. M. Newton
Crime writing, her forthcoming book Beams Falling and  Doris Lessing

Claire Scobie
writing, travel writing and her first novel, The Pagoda Tree

Helen O’Neill
Helen’s distinctive books, architecture & her new biography of Harry Seidler.

Garry Wotherspoon
SMSA’s idiosyncratic past, writing history and his upcoming project on the Queer Chinese diaspora.