Affidavit that formally recognises the name change of Georghios Kyriackou to George Kyriakides on 14 November 1947, prior to his migration to Australia in 1948.
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.
A4 sized sheet of paper, with typed statement signed by George Kyriakides and the Registrar of the District Court, Kyrenia. Two Cypriot stamps affixed to the letter and marked with a date postmark.
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 art form
BEFORE THE REGISTRAR DISTRICT COURT KYRENIA\ AFFIDAVIT IN THE [ ]TTER OF GEORGE KYRIAKIDES\ of Larnaca tis Lapithou. \ I the undersigned George Kyriakides of Larnaca\ til Lapithou hereby swear and state as follows:-\ 1. In the register of Births kept by Government I \am registered as Georghios Kyriackou.\ 2. I am known among friends as and sign in my private\ affairs as George Kyriakides.\ 3. Georghios Kyriackou or George Kyriakides, is one\ and the same person, that is myself.\ 4. In my village, that is Larnaca tis Lapithou there\ is no other person named Georghios Kyriackou or George\ Kyriakides.\ Kyrenia, 14th November, 1947.\ The affiant.\ Geoge Kyriakides\ Sworn and signed before me on the 14th\ day of November 1947. Registrar,\ District Court Kyrenia.\
Type of item
200 mm (Width), 330 mm (Height)