British Cypriot passport issued to George Kyriakides on 12 July 1947, prior to his migration to Australia. The passport has been stamped to signify entry into ports in Egypt and Colombo during transit to Australia. Included in the passport is a black and white photographic image of George Kyriakides.
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.
Passport contains 32 pages and is bound on the front and back cover with blue vinyl-like material. It has been stamped as cancelled, and the top and bottom right corners have been cut off.
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.
Front Cover: 17795 / CANCELLED / BRITISH PASSPORT / CYPRUS / GEORGE KYRIAKIDES / CANCELLED Inside Cover: M. P. No 461932 / PASSPORT / By His Excellency Reginal Thomas Herbert, Baron Winster of Witherslack, Privy Counsellor, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony of Cyprus / These are to request and require in / the Name of His Majesty, all those whom / it may concern to allow / George Kyriakides / to pass freely without let or hindrance, and / to afford him every assistance and protection / of which he may stand in need. / Given at Nicosia the 12 / day of July 1947 / By command of / His Excellency the Governor / R E Turnbull / Colonial Secretary Page 2: DESCRIPTION / Profession: Farmer / Place and Date of Birth: Nicosia, Cyprus 15 August 1921 / Residence: Cyprus / Height: 5 ft 10 ½ in / Colour of Eyes: Black / Colour of hair: Black / Special Peculiarities: Nil Page 3 contains a black and white photograph of the bearer and his official signature.
Type of item
104 mm (Width), 150 mm (Height)