The document titled “Small and Significant” tells the story of a cherished family heirloom, a davenport, and its journey through generations. It begins with a reflection on the piece’s beauty and its place in a crowded household in Mosman, Sydney, during World War I. The narrative follows the davenport from being a point of contention among family members to becoming a beloved item. Mrs. Gillies, a central figure in the story, inherits the davenport and brings it to Brisbane.
The piece’s history includes its Scottish origins, with the family’s emigration to Australia, and its eventual restoration, where efforts were made to preserve its original features. Mrs. Gillies, now in retirement, finds the davenport an essential part of her daily life, encapsulating her family history and personal affairs.