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

November 2018 Meeting:

On Friday 9th November, 2018, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, John Payne, talking to our members about “The story of his close association with the tiny French Flanders village of Merris, which ensued from the discovery of the remains of his great uncle, Corporal Ernest (Ernie) Corby, near the village in 2003.”

He will talk about the reburial ceremony of 2005, the two subsequent visits to Australia of the mayor of Merris and her partner as his guests, and of his recent involvement in the village’s World War I centenary activities.

John Payne is a retired teacher of English and History in NSW secondary schools. In his retirement he has been a regular contributor of articles to Digger, the magazine of the Family and Friends of the First AIF organisation, and has visited Merris six times with his wife Denise. He was the proofreader and copyeditor of Graham Lupp’s Building Bathurst, the people who built Bathurst and the Central West 1815 – 1915, an official Bathurst Regional Council 1815 – 2015 Bicentenary publication.

Upcoming Events

Sat 20

Committee Meeting

20 October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat 20

Research Rooms Open

20 October @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 22

Research Rooms Open

22 October @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 24

Research Rooms Open

24 October @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 25

Bus Trip

25 October @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm