Thomas Keneally AO became patron of FOLA in 2011.
Tom Keneally is one of Australia's most popular and prolific writers, having published more than 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction. He is also one of its most distinguished. He has twice received the Miles Franklin Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times before winning for Schindler's Ark, later made into an Academy Award winning film. His novel The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is an Australian classic.
Tom Keneally has donated his collection of over 2500 books and memorabilia to the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, forming the Tom Keneally Centre, which was launched by Her Excellency, The Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir, AC CVO in August 2011.
Foundation Patron (1994-2010)
Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG was appointed to the High Court of Australia in 1996. His work involved many areas of law and human rights, nationally and internationally and was a passionate advocate for libraries in a democratic society.