Certificate that proves George Kyriakides was inoculated against Yellow Fever on the 10 November 1947, prior to migrating to Australia.

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

Pre-printed certificate. Stamped with two blue stamps, one detailing the date of the certificate, and the other as a seal of authenticity.


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

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  • Collecting Areas

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

  • Previous Owner

    Mr George Kyriakides, Cyprus

  • Manufacturer

    Saracen Plate Company

  • Inscriptions

    [Form Med. 112]\ CERTIFIED CORRECT [signature] \ O.M.S. CYPRUS. Date 10\11\47 \ CERTIFICATE \ Reference of Inoculating Officer - MDN 124\36\2 \ Name - George Kyriakides \ Sex - Male, Age - 26, Race - Greek\ Address (or Location Description) - Nicosia, Cyprus \ Occupation - Farmer \ Identifying Characteristics (Colour of eyes and hair, identifying marks.) :- Black Eyes, Black Hair \Date and Place of Inoculation - 8\11\47 at Nicosia, Cyprus\ Origin and Batch No. of Vaccine Used - 774 of Burroughs Wellesome and Co London\ I certify that they above-named person was duly *re-innoculated\ inoculated with the requirements of Government, and \ by me on the above date, in accordance with the requirements of Government, and \ that this certificate has been issued without alteration or erasure and has been \ signed in my presence. \ Signature and Title of Certifying Officer - [signature] \ Serial No.\ this Certificate of Inoculation against Yellow Fever is issued with the Authority \ of THE GOVERNMENT OF CYPRUS \ To George Kyriakides \ Signature of Owner - George Kyriakides \ It is important that this Certificate should be carefully preserved, as in its \ absence the owner will not be exempted from any restrictions imposed by law on \ non-inoculated persons. \ Note - This certificate is proof of protective inoculation for a period of four years \ only from the date of inoculation.

  • Classification

    Migration, Settlement - employment, Small businesses

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    170 mm (Width), 220 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

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