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Our Patrons

Blue Knot Foundation is proud to have the following patrons:


Thomas Keneally AO

Thomas Keneally is one of Australia’s most successful modern writers with an impressive twenty-seven fiction and ten non-fiction published titles. He has been short-listed for the Booker Prize on 4 occasions, winning it for the novel, Schindler’s Ark which was made into the Oscar winning film ‘Schindlers List’ by Stephen Spielberg. Mr. Keneally has won the Miles Franklin award twice and was awarded an Order of Australia in 1983 for services to Australian literature. His most recent book, released just before his 74th birthday, is the first volume of a three-volume history of Australia entitled ‘Australians: Origins to Eureka’, was launched by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd earlier this year.

Mr. Keneally published his first book in 1964 after leaving a Sydney seminary where he was studying for the priesthood. This decision was in part due to becoming disillusioned with his churches’ response to child abuse allegations, where he felt the views of lawyers were given preference over a compassionate response.

It is this commitment to compassion, and to telling untold stories about Australians whose lives represent a significant aspect our community history that drew him to support Blue Knot Foundation. With numbers greater than two million in Australia, yet little visibility, the realities of life for adult survivors of child abuse remain obscure to most in our community.

Blue Knot Foundation is proud to have the support of one of our most eloquent Australians, an Australian living treasure to help break the conspiracy of silence around abuse – and create greater awareness, understanding and support for adult survivors within our community. In accepting his Blue Knot Foundation role Mr. Keneally said he was extremely honoured to be a patron of such a key charity. We are absolutely delighted that he has taken on the role.

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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