Jean Cook spent her childhood in Quorn, South Australia. For a time she lived in Perth, Western Australia before returning to South Australia and living in Adelaide. She conducted some of her music studies under Maude Mary Puddy, a teacher of piano. Cook also taught music and was a teacher at Girton Girls' School (Kensington Park, S. A.). A member of the Lyceum club's embroidery circle, she also was involved with the English Embroiderers' Guild. She helped embroider the Coat of Arms for the Law Court in Adelaide.
Sources used to compile this entry: National Council of Women of South Australia, Greater than their knowing: a glimpse of South Australian women 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, Netley, SA, 1986, 310 pp. p. 222.; http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:1083/search/dCook%2C+Jean/dcook+jean/-5,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=dcook+jean&1,1, accessed 2004-04-06.