British Cypriot passport issued to George Kyriakides on 15 May 1983 by the British High Commission in Canberra. The passport contains various stamps for entry and exit to Australia. It also contains an 'Endorsement for Australia' issued on 4 February 1983. The number for the return endorsement is 3032403IG. Included in the passport is a colour 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.
The passport contains 30 interior pages, and is bound by a front and back blue 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: MR G KYRIAKIDES \ BRITISH PASSPORT \ UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND \ C 668297 C Page 2: DESCRIPTION \ Occupation: Jeweller \ Place of Birth: Nicosia, Cyprus \ Date of Birth: 15 August 1921 \ Country of Residence: Australia \ Height 5ft 10 ½ in \ Colour of Eyes: Black \ Special Peculiarities: - \ [signature of George Kyriakides]
Type of item
102 mm (Width), 150 mm (Height)