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Thomas Keneally


On this day - 7 October 1935
Thomas Keneally, Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction was born.

Thomas Keneally is one of Australia’s most distinguished and prolific writers. He has written over 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction.

Thomas Keneally was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for his services to Australian Literature. He has twice received the Miles Franklin Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times before winning that prize for Schindler’s Ark, which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, Schindler’s List. 

A rare copy of the list of Jewish names that Oskar Schindler drafted during World War II is held by the State Library of New South Wales and is part of the research papers that Keneally used to write Schindler’s Ark in 1982.

The State Library of New South Wales holds collections of Thomas Keneally’s literary papers and manuscripts as well as many books, by and about Thomas Keneally. 

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