What’s New?

Cape Banks Family History Society Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of our latest project, Roll of Honour, which records the names of servicemen and women commemorated on war memorials in our local area, including honour boards, cenotaphs and plaques in RSL, sporting, social and service clubs, schools, churches and other local sites. The project is ongoing and further contributions are welcome. Please contact: Publications Officer.

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

April 2019 Meeting:

On Friday 12th April, 2019, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, Dr Peter Hobbins, talking to our members about “Crashing into History: aircraft accidents & Sydney’s past”

Australia is one of the world’s safest places to fly – but it wasn’t always that way. In this presentation, historian Peter Hobbins reviews a series of aircraft accidents around Sydney, and what they tell us about local history. Could a packed airliner really have crashed into Maroubra during a violent storm in 1961? Would we have coped? From forgotten wartime crashes to terrifying near-misses, this talk traces how aviation changed the face of our city. Peter will also bring along aviation memorabilia and provide hints on finding family history leads in aviation archives.

Dr Peter Hobbins is a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney. Having researched topics as diverse as snakebite and quarantine, his current historical investigations explore civil and military aircraft crashes in Australia from 1920 to 1970.

Upcoming Events

Sat 23

UK Interest Group

23 March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat 23

Research Rooms Open

23 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 25

Research Rooms Open

25 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 27

Research Rooms Open

27 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 30

Research Rooms Open

30 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm