Service record and pay book issued to George Kyriakides (Georghios Kyriakou) for active service during World War II as part of the Cypriot Regiment. The booklet appears to have been issued in 1944, as there are no dates prior to this. The book contains details about enlistment dates and vaccinations. There are no listings of payments.
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.
Burgundy coloured fabric covered front and back cover, and comprises of ten pre-printed paper pages with handwritten notations on some pages. Inside the booklet is a loose page stamped with POLYMEDIA TRAINING CENTRE. There are also some markings in pencil on the front cover.
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
Front Cover: ARMY BOOK 64. \ 474 LT \ SOLDIER'S SERVICE \ AND \ PAY BOOK \ CY 9189 Inside Front Cover: Issued with [Lurs Hicker] 54.12.44 Page 2: (1) SOLDIER'S NAME AND DESCRIPTION ON ATTESTATION \ Army Number: CY / 2189 \ Surname (in capitals): KYRIAKIDES \ Christian Names (in full): GEORGE \ Date of Birth: 2.8.21 \ Place of Birth - In or near the town of: LARNACA Lapthiau , Cyprus. \ Trade on Enlistment [illegible] \ Nationality of Father at Birth: GREEK CYPRIOT \ Nationality of Mother at Birth: GREEK CYPRIOT \ Religious Denomination: G.O \ Enlisted at: NICOSIA in 24.4.40 \ for the: Regular Army. \ Signature of Soldier [signature] \ Date 3.11.44 Page 3: DESCRIPTION ON ENLISTMENT \ Height: 5ft 10 ½ in. Weight: 186lbs \ Maximum Chest: 39 ins. Complexion: Brown \ Eyes: Black, Hair: Black \ AGE / SERVICE GROUP : Thirty One \ (A S G No. 31) Page 7: 14 Days Leave Cyprus [illegible] 54623 I Jan 46 \ 'A' Completed on 18/12/44 Page 8:  2.46 \  AFW 3149 completed 3rd BSH CSSS \ DATE VACCINATED 17.12.44 Page 9: TYPHUS + TAB () TET 17.12.44 \ TYPHUS ICC 15.5.45 \ TYPHUS ICC 2.11.45 \ TAB TT 11.2.46\
Type of item
90 mm (Width), 140 mm (Height)