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

August 2024 Meeting:

On Saturday 10th August, 2024, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, Christine Yeats, talking to our members about ‘Tales from the darker side: crime and misdemeanours’.

If you look closer at the history of any town, suburb or local community there are sure to be tales from the darker side where crime and punishment have gone hand in hand for decades. Christine Yeats will discuss some of the crimes, misdemeanours and the downright amazing that are part of the history of the Randwick Municipality. As we will discover ‘larrikinism’, sly-groggers, ‘gruesome confessions’, the Shark Arm case, the exploits of Tilly Devine, the 1949 Case of the Bloodstained Glass or Thallium as a murder weapon are all part of our rich past.

Note: this presentation will be held in the Vonnie Young Auditorium, Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra at the earlier time of 1:00pm.

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