Army discharge booklet issued to George Kyriakides (Georghios Kyriakou) on his discharge from the Cyprus Regiment in 1946. The booklet states George's Army Number as CY 2189, and his date of discharge from the Dispersal Centre as 2 April 1946. It also states that he attained the rank of Private, and that his conduct was judged as exemplary by his Commanding Officer.

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

Yellow back and front cover, with one white fixed internal page. Stubs from another 11 pages that have been removed affixed under the spine staples. A pre-printed booklet in which additional details have been handwritten. Some notations in pencil on the back cover of the booklet.


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, Public Life & Institutions

  • Previous Owner

    Mr George Kyriakides, Cyprus

  • Manufacturer

    Saracen Plate Company

  • Inscriptions

    Front Cover: Book Number LE 16238 O2E/4382 \ SURNAME: KYRIACOU \ INITALS: G \ ARMY NO: CY/2189 \ DISCHARGE BOOK \ LOCALLY ENLISTED \ TROOPS \ The pages of this book will be detached in \ accordance with the instructions at the head \ of each page. \ Inside Page: CERTIFICATE \ (Part I and II to be completed by O.C. Unit and Part III \ by O.C. Dispersal Centre. The book to be handed by the \ latter to the individual on discharge) \ Number: CY 2189, Rank: Pte \ Surname: (Block Letters) KYRIAKOU \ Christian Name(s): GEORGIOS \ Regiment or Corps: Cyprus Regt \ Trade Qualifications: NIL \ PART I \ The conduct of the above-named whilst serving with \ the colours has been ( to be compiled by reference \ to K.R paras 425/8 : Exemplary \ Date: 13 /3/46, Signed: [illegible signature] Major \ Commanding 474 Company Cyp. Regt G T \ PART II \ Particulars of Army Educational Attaiment \ The above-named has attended the following courses: \ (i) \ (ii)\ (iii)\ Date 13/3/46 Signed: [illegible signature] Major \ Commanding 474 Company Cyp. Regt G T \ PART III \ This is to certify that the above-named proceeded on \ release leave with effect from : 3/4/46. At the \ termination of this leave he/she will be considered as \ having been discharged from His Majesty's Forces \ Date: 2/4/46, Signature [illegible signature] (O.C Dispersal Centre) Back Cover (in pencil): Iuaupos 2 20 \ oapcos 6ouou 40 90 \ Hc xapuGha 1\ (possible translation: Sardine 2 20\Salmon Fish, 40 90 \With thanks)

  • Classification

    Migration, Settlement - employment, Small businesses

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    125 mm (Width), 190 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

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