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

March 2019 Meeting:

On Friday 8th March, 2019, Cape Banks FHS Inc. will have, as its guest speaker, Ingrid Grace – Waverley Local Studies Librarian, talking to our members about “Lightning Lyall or Jan the Mermaid” with an Introduction to the Major Johnston Scrapbook.

The talk to be presented is a “fractured dairy tale” of two mermaids in a storm one washed away the other forgotten and then rediscovered.

It is the story of the Bondi Mermaid that sat on the Bog Rock at Ben Buckler and an invitation to view the Major Johnston Scrapbook that recorded the event of the Big Rock appearing at North Bondi.

The Bondi Mermaids are a wonderful part of Bondi’s history. They were loved by the locals, disapproved of by some in the Catholic Church, others saying they were indecent, but nonetheless they became a local landmark. And they haven’t been forgotten.

The Mermaids were sculpted and placed on the big rock at Ben Buckler by local artist Lyall Randolph Williams. This is the tale of his concept of, the making of and the installation, and the eventual deinstallation of the sculpture plus the continuing adventure of Jan the Mermaid.

Upcoming Events

Sat 23

UK Interest Group

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

Research Rooms Open

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

Research Rooms Open

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

Research Rooms Open

27 February @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 02

Writers’ Group

2 March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm