Letter addressed to George Kyriakides for a donation valued at $5,120 to Box Hill Hospital. The text suggests that George donated three pieces of jewellery, one white gold pendant valued at $4,350, one women's ring valued at $350.00 and a string of pearls valued at $420.00. These three pieces were offered in a Christmas raffle. The letter includes an official tax reciept and is dated 7 September 2001.
A promotional poster associated with this donation is also part of the Saracen collection at Melbourne Museum (see HT 53071).

George Kyriakides was born in 1921 in Larnaca, on the southern coast of Cyprus. In his early working years he was apprenticed to his father Petrou Kyriacou as a silversmith and in 1948 George migrated to Melbourne, Australia. In 1949 he married Australian-born Silvia Sarandis, the child of Greek migrants and they had two children. Using his skills as a silversmith, he worked for a local silverware company and then proceeded to start his own silversmithing business under the name Saracen Plate Company, situated at 152 Lygon St, Carlton. A manufacturing wholesale business, they sold mainly to large clients such as Myers and Prouds Jewellery. In 1974 George sold the wholesale silversmithing part of the business due to the difficulty in obtaining pure metals, and continued to work as a Jeweller under the name GK Jewellery until his retirement and beyond. In later years George was known for his philanthropic generosity and in 2006 he died and is survived by his two children.

Physical Description

A4 letter featuring blue and black text.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection offers a multi-faceted snapshot of a migrant small business in Lygon Street Carlton through tools of trade, product catalogue and a sample of the silverware produced for retail. It thus encapsulates a small business activity from production through to sale and distribution. It includes a beautiful filigree tray as well as more mainstream domestic silverware items. The collection enables the documentation of the passing on of trade traditions and skills from one generation to the next and the bringing of those skills to Australia, as well as capturing a particular craft, filigree work, which is a disappearing artform.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Working Life & Trades, Migration & Cultural Diversity, Medicine & Health

  • Previous Owner

    Mr George Kyriakides, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 2001

  • Manufacturer

    Saracen Plate Company, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

  • Manufacturer

    GK Jewellery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Inscriptions

    'Mr George Kyriakides\ 2 Osburn Avenue\Balwyn North 3104\ Dear Mr Kyriakides\On behalf of Management and staff of Box Hill Hospital's we would like to thank you for your\contribution of a three pieces of Jewellery which was 1 white gold pendant value $4,350,1\ladies ring value $350.00, and 1 string of peals value $420.00 towards our recent Christmas Raffle.\ Box Hill Hospital has provided a high level of health care in the eastern and surrounding suburbs for\ the past 45 years and continues to grow in the face of economically changing times.\ Working behind the scenes is a dedicated team of Volunteers who work throughout the year to\raise funds for much needed medical equipment. As part of our fundraising program, we run raffles year-round in the Hospital foyer and rely heavily on businesses to support our efforts by donation prizes.\if you have any queries on any of the services that we provide, or would like any information please do not hestiate to contact us.\Once again, many thanks for your support.\Yours Sincerely\(signed)\Sharon Hargreaves\Acting Co-ordinator of Volunteers\Box Hill Hospital\Corporate Communications Department\1st Floor, Upton House, Thames Street\Telephone (03)98953243\Facsimile(03)98953247\ABN for Eastern Health:68 223 819 017\Official Reciept\Receipt No.:9826\Name:Mr George Kyriakides\three pieces of jewellery which are 1 white\gold pendant value $4,350, 1 ladies ring\value $350.00,\and 1 string of pearls value $420.00\date: 07/09/2001'

  • Classification

    Migration, Settlement - employment, Small businesses

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    210 mm (Width), 297 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Jewellers, Small Businesses, Cypriot Communities, Cypriot Immigration, Working Life, Trades, Jewellery, Silverware, Family Businesses, Healthcare & Medicine