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

2 Jan 2018 — Grace Period for 2018 membership renewals ends on 31 Jan

Have you renewed your membership?

  • All annual memberships expired at the end of 2017.
  • A Grace Period is in place until 31 January 2018.

Act now and renew before the Grace Period ends on 31 January to ensure there are no gaps in your borrowing and membership rights.

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

Join or Renew Now

Great Value!

$20 – Ordinary membership
$15 – Concession membership
$15 – Readers (students only – no voting rights)


17 Nov 2017 — Gift Certificates 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 $20 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.


9 Nov 2017 — A Message from Tom Keneally

The Tom Keneally Centre will close for the year on Thursday, 30 November at 2:30pm, re-opening in February 2018. Please check our website for details.

The SMSA — and Tom Keneally himself — wish to thank all our members and guests for their contribution to another very successful year for the TKC. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018 for another fantastic year!

click here for TKC opening hours

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