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.

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Due to the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 outbreak, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be temporarily closed until further notice. Please Note: We are asking that members DO NOT return borrowed items during this period. There is no need to contact us to extend your loan on due or overdue books.
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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

21 May 2020 — SMSA Library Update — 21 May 2020

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16 Mar 2020 — Talks and Members’ Groups cancelled until end of March

SMSA Update

As a precaution to slow the spread of Covid-19, SMSA’s public events and members’ groups in March will be temporarily cancelled or postponed.

The talks will be rescheduled to future dates (yet to be determined). Over the next few days we will contact people with paid bookings to discuss options.

At present, the Library will remain open and Venue Hire is operating business as usual.

We will continue to monitor how the Covid-19 situation unfolds.

Please watch this space for new information.

Thank you.

23 Jan 2020 — Australia Day Opening Hours 2020

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be CLOSED over the 2020 Australia Day long weekend.

Full details are available to the left.

We hope you have an enjoyable and safe long weekend!

renew your membership before the grace period ends.

All annual memberships were due on 31 Dec. The Grace Period for membership renewals ends on 31 Jan 2020.