Edward Cook


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1865 1867
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Edward Wrentmore Cook was born on 28 February 1829 in Wrington, Somerset, England, son of William Cook and Ann Wrentmore. Edward Cook arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 5 August 1852 and a few weeks later on 21 September 1852 he married Emily Anne Groves (1829-1915) in America (Boston). A short time after this Edward and Emily arrived in Sydney, where they had the first of their eleven children (7 sons and 4 daughters) in 1854. Cook divorced his wife on 14 August 1882 in Sydney. Edward Wrentmore Cook died on 25 May 1890 at 432 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW and he was buried in the Anglican Section of Waverley Cemetery. He lived at Raglan Street, Waterloo. Edward Wrentmore Cook left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £5,681.

Occupation & interests

Edward Wrentmore Cook of South Head Road, Sydney, baker, was declared insolvent on 22 March 1858. In December 1970 Edward Wrentmore Cook, baker of Waverley, was charged and fined for having loaves of bread in his possession purporting to be of full weight but which were found to be deficient in weight.

Local government service

Edward Wrentmore Cook was elected 10 April 1865 in place of Thomas Moon who was removed by the Supreme Court as he had not been validly elected. Cook was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1865-67 representing North Ward.


‘Municipal Election at Waterloo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 1865, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13103970


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