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.

Everyone Welcome!

Opening Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
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

Tom Keneally Centre — Everyone Welcome

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre — Everyone Welcome. Discover the living legacy of award-winning author Thomas Keneally, described by sydney(magazine) as one of the top 20 most peaceful places in Sydney.
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Heartfelt Journaling with Walter Mason

In this Heartfelt Journaling workshop, Walter Mason will help you start keeping a journal that matters, and using your journal as a catalyst to creating amazing things for yourself -
Russell Workman - Heritage and Archeolody Photography

Russell Workman — Heritage & Archaeology Photography

Russell Workman talks about his heritage and archaeology photography encompassing digs in Greece and Jordan and his ‘Shoptops’ project that features the facades of suburban shops circa. 1870 to the 1930.
Tom Keneally in the Tom Keneally Centre

Members' Tour of TKC & Morning Tea with Meg & Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally Centre 5th Anniversary Celebrations - Members' Tour of Tom Keneally Centre & Morning Tea with Meg & Tom Keneally
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Winton Higgins — Rule of Law

Winton Higgins, a Tom Keneally Writing Master Class alumni, who will chat with Tom Keneally about his novel, Rule of Law, which looks at the drama surrounding the Nuremberg trials.

Tom Keneally News

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
Download the Membership Form*


*
WEA Members: Download the SMSA Library Services for WEA Form

Great Value!

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

 

11 Dec 2015 — Christmas Opening Hours for 2015

SMSA will be closing
over the Christmas break
as shown below.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous
and Happy New Year.
See you in 2016!

SMSA Board and Staff

 

 

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27 Nov 2015 — Gift Certificates now available!

Is it too early to think about Christmas? We don’t think so!

Present your friends and family Membership Gift Certificates and share your love of SMSA.

Ask our Librarians
about Gift Certificates

The joy of giving

With an SMSA Gift Certificate, you can now give the gift of 1000s of books – whether they are books, ebooks, magazines, emagazines, or audiobooks! PLUS your friends or family will also be able to attend all of our fantastic events held here at the SMSA. They’ll also have all the benefits of membership of a historic organisation that’s been part of Sydney’s cultural landscape for over 180 years!

For just $15 they can have all this – and LOVE you forever.

Remember young, old, mums, dads, work mates, neighbours— anyone (over the age of 18) can join.

 

7 Nov 2015 — It’s time to renew your membership!

Members, All SMSA annual memberships expire on 31 December.

Renew now at the Library!

 

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

download the SMSA Membership Form*

* WEA Members: Download the SMSA Library Services for WEA Form

Great Value!

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

How to join

Just come into the Library at Level 2, 280 Pitt Street with ID showing your current address to join and borrow immediately.

OR

If you can’t make it into the Library, just get a JP to sign your form to verify your ID and address and mail your form in with a cheque. (NB: you can often find a JP at your local council, post office, police station, chemists or financial institution). This is not necessary for renewals.

Memberships are annual and are due for renewal by 31 December each year.

Acceptable forms of ID are a driver’s licence, utility bill, electoral registration or concession card.