Important Message Update

Dear Members,

Having been notified by Lionel Bowen Library, that due to the ongoing health crisis, the library is temporarily cancelling all their library events, programs and activities with immediate effect until further notice we must now postpone the 35th Anniversary Function, due to be held on 28th March 2020, until a later date.

In these uncertain times, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our members and their families. Accordingly, Cape Banks Family History Group Committee decided that, due to risks posed to members by the current Coronavirus pandemic, our research library at Paine St Maroubra is now closed, and all meetings, special interest groups, mail-out team activities, workshops, discussion groups, the bus trip in May, and all face-to-face activities are suspended until 30 June 2020. This date will be reviewed in late June when a decision will be made on whether we need to extend these measures for a further period.

This decision has not been taken lightly and will be reviewed in line with information provided by the government and medical authorities. We are committed to getting back to normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

Staying in touch
In the meantime, every member  will  continue to receive regular information and updates, either by email, or by post/phone call for those who don’t have email access.

Managing Cape Banks Family History Society
The elected committee are continuing to manage all aspects of the society and will “meet” regularly via email, with our email address and post office box monitored as usual.

Please take care of yourselves, your family and friends and check our website regularly for updates.

Margaret Phillips

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




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

113A Paine Street, Maroubra, NSW

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Closed Public Holidays. Experienced researchers are on duty to assist you.

Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held at the Vonnie Young Auditorium, Level 1, Bowen Library, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra on the second Friday of each month at 7.00pm.

Postal Address

PO Box 67, Maroubra, NSW 2035 Australia

June 2020 Meeting:

On Friday 12th June, 2020, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, TBA, author, talking to our members about “TBA”.


Upcoming Events

Sat 06

Writers’ Group Cancelled

6 June 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
Sat 06

Research Rooms Closed

6 June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
Mon 08

Queen’s Birthday

8 June 2020
Mon 08

Research Rooms Closed

8 June 2020
Wed 10

Research Rooms Closed

10 June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST