Tom Keneally Centre

The SMSA is proud to be the home of the Tom Keneally Centre (TKC), Thomas Keneally’s living legacy to Australia, holding books that have significance to him.

Everyone Welcome!

Opening Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

Level 3, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

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.

Tom Keneally News

8 Dec 2016 — SMSA’s grant hits just the right note for GRC

Last Thursday, 1st December, SMSA was pleased to host the Windies from the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium (GRC) at our annual members’ Christmas party.

This group of talented young musicians, Sarah, Lucinda, Phoebe and Alexei along with their conductor Emma and adult player Sarah, traveled from Goulburn to treat our members to a variety of music during the evening. Their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

The Windies are the counterparts to the Goulburn Strings, an initiative of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium that provides opportunities for students from Goulburn Public School to learn to play stringed instruments. The program has had great success in improving outcomes for the children and families involved, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts awarded GRC a grant of $10,000 earlier in 2016 to help support the project.

SMSA President Denis Mockler and Secretary Brian Johnston were delighted to surprise the Windies on Thursday evening with the presentation of a further grant of $5,000 for the GRC. The grant was accepted on behalf of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium by Emma Knott, conductor and player with the Goulburn Windies.

Read more about the
Goulburn Strings Project
See photos from our
Members’ Christmas Party

26 Sep 2016 — Library Hours — Labour Day Long Weekend 2016

The SMSA will be CLOSED on Labour Day for Monday, 3rd October 2016.

However, the  Library will be OPEN business as usual on Saturday, 1st October (i.e. 9:00-1:00pm).

We hope you have an enjoyable and safe long weekend.

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27 Aug 2016 — Celebrating the Tom Keneally Centre’s 5th Anniversary

In August 2011, the Tom Keneally Centre was opened by Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, who was then the Governor of New South Wales. Five years on, the TKC (as we lovingly call it) has become a cultural hub, open for EVERYONE to visit.

It is very much a living library! Visitors are welcome to browse, read, use the members’ computer, or just ‘chill out’. SMSA members can also borrow from the collection.

Anniversary Events

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is rightly proud to be the home of the TKC, and to celebrate its the Tom Keneally Centre’s 5th Anniversary several fantastic events were held on Wednesday 17th August:

  • Guided Tours of the TKC where participants were able to get a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the Tom Keneally Centre hosted by Tom Keneally and his daughter, Meg Keneally.
  • A free public talk with Tom and Meg Keneally who spoke about the TKC, their recent collaborations and solo-projects and what it’s like to have two Keneallys in the writing business.

About the Tom Keneally Centre

All the books on Tom Keneally Centre shelves have been owned and read by Booker Prize-winner Thomas Keneally, and they form his living legacy to Australia. Tom has taken on the formidable — but highly valuable — task of making notes on the significance of each book and why it has its place on the shelves. Look for the red dots to read the books he has already notated; they are now in one section to make them easier to find.

Since its opening, we have been privileged to host some of the best and most well-known Aussie fiction and non-fiction writers in the Tom Keneally Centre, including Frank Moorhouse, Peter Grosse, Helen O’Neill, Tara Moss and more. Apart from talks and readings, we have had ‘live blogging’ events, poetry readings, writing workshops and of course, Writing Master Classes taught by Tom Keneally himself. What’s more, Tom also has an office in the TKC that he uses on a regular basis — and he’s usually happy to chat to those who visit.

Everyone is welcome to visit.

We invite you to visit the Tom Keneally Centre on one of its Open Days and experience it for yourself.

We also offer tours of the TKC and SMSA to interested community groups. Please email tkc@smsa.org.au for further information.

TOM KENEALLY CENTRE
OPENING HOURS
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

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6 Jul 2016 — Sydney Metro Upgrade — Planning your visit to the SMSA

Plan your visit to the SMSA

We have compiled information from the Tomorrow’s Sydney and Travel Choices websites to help you plan your visit to the SMSA and Tom Keneally Centre with minimum disruptions. Read on for our tips.

Major Transport Changes

The NSW Government is transforming Sydney through multiple Major Projects over the next 18 months, including the construction of a new Light Rail.

There will be an impact on travel into and in Sydney with Public Transport changes and road closures in place on sections of George Street. Construction will continue along George Street for most of 2016.

More Information:
Tomorrow’s Sydney Travel Choices

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6 Jan 2016 — Membership Renewals: Grace Period until 31 Jan.

Members, renew before the end of our Membership Grace Period on 31st January to retain uninterrupted borrowing and membership privileges.

 

As previously advised, all annual memberships expired on 31st December 2015.

If you have not yet renewed, please take advantage of our Membership Grace Period and renew before 31 January 2016. The Grace Period allows people with expired memberships extra time to renew without gaps in their borrowing and membership privileges.

Our rates remain the same and there are loads of membership benefits:

RENEW BEFORE 31ST JANUARY 2016
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Great Value!

$15 – Ordinary membership
$10 – Concession membership
$10 – Readers (students only – no voting rights)