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Blog post from Saturday, 28 June, 2014

On this day, 28th June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo.

The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary’s south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Greater Serbia or Yugoslavia. The assassins’ motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. Serbian military officers stood behind the attack. The assassination led directly to the Start of World War 1 when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum against Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war, marking the outbreak of the war.

Reports from that time, of the assassination, can be found in the digitised Australian newspapers on Trove.

The State Library of New South Wales holds many historical newspapers from Australia and has access to international newspaper archives in databases.