Prior to the erection of a plaque to honour Jack Cook and Jessie Brummy and their descendants by Gloucester Shire Council, members of the family were asked what wording they would like to see on the plaque. After a period of email, phone communication and small group meetings it was decided to widen the communication and consultation to ensure the wording was fully supported by all branches of the family and that everyone had the opportunity to be involved in the planning of the plaque unveiling ceremony.
To assist in the process of brainstorming the wording, a Facebook group private page (Cook Family Private Page) was created on 17 April 2016 for the descendants of Jack and Jessie. As of the start of 2021 the group has 338 members and still regularly shares matters of interest to the Cook family.
The plaque unveiling ceremony was on 25 June 2016 at Billabong Park, Gloucester. It was reported in the local newspaper under the heading Rich storylines.
Following the success of the plaque unveiling a representative sub committee of the family explored options for formalising our family's values and providing a central point for collective decisions regarding the sharing of Cook family information. It was decided that as Jack and Jesse Cook lived in the Barrington district around Gloucester, New South Wales that the name Cook Family of the Barrington was the preferred identifier for our family group.
The first preference for a name was successful and the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations listed the Cook Family of Barrington Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 8752) on 12 December 2017.
At the start of 2021 the Directors and the membership of the Cook Family of Barrington Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 8752) has increased from its initial five (5) Directors and 23 total membership to six (6) Directors and 140 total membership.
The Cook Family of Barrington Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 8752) is the formal mechanism for determining the public response on Cook family heritage and culture matters, including family history representation of our shared ancestors.