Cape Banks FHS Inc. is a member of the following organisations:

AFFHO nsw&act


Dorothy Fellowes Website Award 2023


We aim to assist local residents in tracing their family trees and in discovering who their ancestors were and where they lived, worked and played.


We cater for people who are researching their ancestors both here in Australia and overseas.


Through our meetings, workshops, guest speakers, and the wide range of resources and records at our well equipped Resource Library, which includes:

  • Pioneer Indexes (Births, Deaths & Marriages) for NSW, Qld, Vic, Tas & WA
  • Indexes to Births Deaths & Marriages for all Australian States & Territories
  • Indexes to Births Deaths & Marriages for New Zealand
  • NSW Probate Index
  • Convict Index & Convict Shipping Indents
  • Various Census & Musters
  • International Genealogical Index (England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, N.Z., Australia & more)
  • Assisted Immigration Index
  • Bounty Index
  • and many other resources.

Our Resource collection is constantly growing to meet members’ needs and interests. Begin a fascinating hobby today or even consider becoming a member. Our experienced researchers will help you get started and to keep researching. Cape Banks also has a number of publications which may also be of interest. See also our links to other family history societies and genealogy sites.


Research Library

2 Curie Avenue, Little Bay, NSW 2036
There is step-free access to our Research Rooms for anyone with mobility issues.

Opening Hours

Days: Tuesday & Saturday.
Times: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Closed Public Holidays
Experienced researchers are on duty to assist you.

Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held at the Coast Centre, 2 Curie Avenue, Little Bay on the second Saturday of each month, except for January, at 1.30pm.

Postal Address

PO Box 67, Maroubra, NSW 2035 Australia

July 2024 Meeting:

On Saturday 13th July, 2024, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, Bill Phippen, talking to our members about Kathleen Butler “Godmother of the Sydney Harbour Bridge”.
Kathleen M. Butler was nicknamed the “Godmother of Sydney Harbour Bridge” and also known as the “Bridge Girl”. She was John Bradfield’s secretary. Bradfield had been working on the audacious project to build a monumental bridge over Sydney harbour, alongside a city metro network, since he proposed it in 1912. The First World War and the changes of government threatened these plans. When Kathleen realised that the new government wanted to stop plans for a bridge, she warned Bradfield and he was able to leave the country so that the plans in place could go ahead.

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