A piece of history returns to Cowra Public School

Assistant Principal Albert Murray accepts a letter written to the school in 1908 from Stephen Lawrence.

Assistant Principal Albert Murray accepts a letter written to the school in 1908 from Stephen Lawrence.

A piece of history has returned to Cowra Public School (CPS) in the form of a letter written more than 100 years ago.

Stephen Lawrence from Taren Point visited the school on Monday to hand over a job reference written about his grandfather, Herbert Sherringham, who applying for the position of librarian at Cowra Public in 1908.

CPS Assistant Principal, Albert Murray accepted the donation on behalf of the school.

Mr Lawrence said his mother, Doris Lawrence, passed the letter onto him.

"She had to go into a nursing home and she said these are the things I want you to look after," Mr Lawrence said.

"She hung onto it in a suitcase... Everywhere she went, she took this case, it was full of old cards and photos."

While little is known about Mr Sherringham, Mr Lawrence said his grandfather worked on a sheep station in Molong and won a design competition for the lights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Mr Lawrence and his wife decided to hand the letter over to CPS as they are downsizing.