17 May 1893 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand visited Australia

#OnThisDay 17 May 1893 Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrived in Sydney for a private visit. His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este was on a world tour on board the SMS Kaiserin Elisabeth. He spent much of his time in Australia hunting in the NSW outback near the towns of Nyngan and Narromine.

The Archduke's assassination in 1914 was one of the catalysts for the beginning of World War I.


There are two letters in the Colonial Secretary's Papers (1893/4198 and 1893/6195) and two telegrams in the correspondence of the Governor (2 May and 8 May in 4/1389) relating to the royal visit.


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