Program for 2024

Venue:

Coast Centre for Seniors,
2 Curie Avenue, Little Bay, NSW
(unless otherwise listed)

Time:

1:30pm
(unless otherwise listed)

Visitors Welcome

Upcoming Events:

Discussion Group

Discussion Group

Date: 29 June 2024Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue: Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Topic: "A Treasured Moment"
As we all travel on this journey of life, we have observed or experienced moments which have stuck in our memory. These memories may be happy or remind us of a sad time in our life. Some examples may be: * school captain or dux of the school or participating in a school event/function * promotions or service awards in your work or business * working with a community group * doing things or going places with family or friends * going to or performing in a memorable live musical or theatre event * travelling to places linked to your family history research * meeting or re-uniting with long lost family members or friends

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date: 13 July 2024Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue: Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Bill Phippen
Topic: Kathleen Butler “Godmother of the Sydney Harbour Bridge”
Kathleen M. Butler was nicknamed the "Godmother of Sydney Harbour Bridge" and also known as the "Bridge Girl”. She was John Bradfield’s secretary. Bradfield had been working on the audacious project to build a monumental bridge over Sydney harbour, alongside a city metro network, since he proposed it in 1912. The First World War and the changes of government threatened these plans. When Kathleen realised that the new government wanted to stop plans for a bridge, she warned Bradfield and he was able to leave the country so that the plans in place could go ahead.

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date: 10 August 2024Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue: Vonnie Young Auditorium, Lionel Bowen Library

Speaker: Christine Yeats
Topic: '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.

Past Events:

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 8 June 2024Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Roslyn Van Der Sandt
Topic: 'My grandmother’s diary'
Rossie’s grandmother’s diary was written in 1913 and details her grandmother's adventures over more than 6 months during which she travelled to South Africa and other parts of Africa including Egypt. She also travelled to Northern Europe and the UK. Rossie’s grandmother wrote, on average, over four hundred words each day. The finished volumes weighed three kilograms. The grandmother added much detail and Rossie decided to have it transcribed after looking at it many times and thinking about what she should do. Rossie will tell us about the story and her efforts during her presentation.

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 11 May 2024Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Vonnie Young Auditorium, Lionel Bowen Library

Speaker: Linda McIntosh
Topic: 'The Little House on the Hill at Poverty Point'
We will hear about Clovelly which used to be called “Poverty Point” and the families who lived there.

Beginners’ Workshop

Beginners' Workshop

Date 4 May 2024Time 1:00 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

A free Beginners' Workshop for those who are starting out on their journey into their family history.

Australian Heritage Festival

Australian Heritage Festival

Date Apr 18 - May 19, 2024Time All Day EventVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

The 2024 Australian Heritage Festival theme is Connections. The 2024 festival will celebrate the rich and diverse stories of our nation, strengthen cultural and historical ties and encourage the community to forge new bonds. It acknowledges our link to people, places and the past, and the enduring connections that will shape the future of heritage.

Discussion Group

Discussion Group

Date 16 March 2024Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Topic: "Where has your family history research taken you?".

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 10 February 2024Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

In place of the February Guest Speaker Meeting, Cape Banks FHS will be holding “A Colonial High Tea” for members and guests. Bookings required.

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 11 November 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Ron Ray OAM, Volunteer Speaker, Australian National Maritime Museum
Topic: 'The Teddy SHEEAN Story'
No RAN sailor has received a VC. 50 VCs were awarded to RN personnel in WW I and 23 in WW II.
Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean on HMAS ARMIDALE was the youngest at 18 and the most junior rank – a loader for the OERLIKON anti- aircraft gun. The ship was attacked by 13 Japanese planes attacking from different directions. Two torpedoes hit the ship and the order was given to abandon ship. Teddy helped launch the motorboat then decided to defend his shipmates from the Japanese who were strafing them in the water.
The Navy recognized him by naming a COLLINS class submarine HMAS SHEEAN. He was finally awarded the VC on 1 December 2020, 78 years after the action and after constant pressure from family, politicians and his mates.

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Date 28 October 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

The Cape Banks FHS Annual General Meeting will be held at the Coast Centre for Seniors on Saturday 28th October 2023 from 1:30pm. This will be followed by "Show and Tell" where members bring along an item from their family history and tell a story about the item.

Discussion Group

Discussion Group

Date 30 September 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Topic: "Secrets and lies in family history". In your family history research you may have come across a family story that appeared to be incorrect or intentionally misleading. What was the original story? After your research what is now the real story? How did you identify and solve this problem?

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 16 September 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Members of Cape Banks FHS
Topic: Members of Cape Banks Family History Society Inc. will be discussing "The stories behind 150 editions of our award-winning journal, Kith & Kin" at the September 2023 meeting. Join us to learn about the origins of our journal and its remarkable journey to becoming an "award-winning" publication. The upcoming September issue marks a significant milestone as our 150th edition, making this event even more special. We invite you to come and discover the captivating evolution of our esteemed journal.

Bus Trip

Bus Trip

Date 14 September 2023Time 8:30 am - 3:30 pmVenue Rookwood Cemetery

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 12 August 2023Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Vonnie Young Auditorium, Lionel Bowen Library

Speaker: Councillor Danny Said
Topic: "I am, a Said: Danny Said's family journey"
In this special talk for Family History Month in August, former Mayor and Randwick Councillor Danny Said will speak about his ancestry and tell how his Maltese family made their wealth in Egypt by supplying fresh water to ships in the Nile, how the company was nationalised in the 1950s and the family was thrown out of Egypt for as Maltese, they were British Subject.
Virtually the majority of the population of their town, Port Said, spoke a number of languages and being forced to emigrate many made the move to Australia and to three streets in Matraville. Danny will also tell tales of growing up in Matraville and his life beyond that time.

Discussion Group

Discussion Group

Date 29 July 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Topic: "It's all about names!". Everyone has a name (given name or surname). Is it a family name passed down through the generations, or a name that reflects an event or person of significance to the family or community? Did a family member have a "nickname" given to them? Has the name been a help or a hindrance to your research?

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 8 July 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Chris Beazley, who is making a return visit after his successful talk about an early flying family, the Taylor's.
Topic: "Loris Bonney, an early Australian Aviatrix"
Loris [Laurie] Bonney....... Cousin to Bert Hinkler and the bored wife to an older businessman, Lores travelled the world solo in a Gypsy Moth in the 1930’s for the fun of flying. She was the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo, then solo fly from Australia to England and the first person to fly solo from Brisbane to Cape Town via Cairo. She had her share of mishaps and crashes, but she always arrived at the world’s aerodromes looking like she had just stepped out of the beauty parlour. Included in this session is a brief account of our other early Australian aviatrixes.

Guest Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker Meeting

Date 10 June 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Speaker: Suzanne Leal
Topic: "Why write about the War?" It’s been almost eighty years since World War II ended yet every year, novels keep being written about it. Why do writers continue to be so interested in the war and the people who lived through it?

Discussion Group

Discussion Group

Date 27 May 2023Time 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

Topic: "Obituaries". This could include an obituary that may be humorous or informative or surprising or .... ???

General Meeting

General Meeting

Date 13 May 2023Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmVenue Vonnie Young Auditorium, Lionel Bowen Library

Speaker: Dr Megan Neilson
Topic: "Unravelling the family myth: A personal glimpse of Chinese-Australian history" When I set out to solve a family puzzle I never expected to fall headlong into Chinese-Australian history. The puzzle concerned my great-grandmother Matilda Jane Millar who in 1852 had arrived in Victoria from England, only 11 years old and seemingly unchaperoned. On the Ballarat goldfields Matilda Jane was later to marry my Chinese great-grandfather Chin Kit. There was a romantic family myth about how they had met elsewhere. But the records said otherwise. The unravelling of the true story took me from University College London, to Ballarat and Bendigo in Victoria, to Launceston in Tasmania and ultimately to Guangdong in southern China.

Beginners’ Workshop

Beginners' Workshop

Date 29 April 2023Time 11:00 am - 1:00 pmVenue Research Rooms @ Coast Centre

A free Beginners' Workshop for those who are starting out on their journey into their family history.