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

17 Sep 2014 — Jennifer Byrne talks to Tom Keneally

Jennifer Byrne recently spoke to one of Australia’s most prolific writers Tom Keneally as he celebrates 50 years in print. The interview which aired on ABC’s Jennifer Byrnes Presents program on 16 September, traverses his many successes as well as some of the criticisms he’s faced over the decades.

The program is available to be watched on ABC’s iView until 11:00pm on 16 October 2014


26 Aug 2014 — Hear Tom Keneally’s 50th Anniversary Lecture on Radio National

If you missed Tom Keneally’s 50th Anniversary Lecture at SMSA, it can now be heard on Radio National’s Big Ideas program, as follows:

Today – Tuesday 26 August at 8pm

Replay – Wednesday 27 August at 3am

Online replay or download


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