Marko Dobrojevic

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Marko Dobrojevic
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ottoman Empire
DiedAfter 1908
Bosanska Krupa, Bosanska Krajina, Austria-Hungary
  • Merchant
  • Philanthropist

Marko Doborjević (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Добројевић; Kalatina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ottoman Empire 1844 - Bosanska Krupa, Bosanska Krajina, Austria-Hungary after 1908) was a Serbian merchant and philanthropist from the region of Bosanska Krupa.[1]


Marko Dobrojević was born at the beginning of the Christmas fast in 1844 in the village of Kalatina in Bosanska Krajina, then under the Ottoman Empire. His parents were Kosta and Joka.

After his father's death, he practiced the bakery trade together with his [2]brothers in Kulen Vakuf until 1858. During Petar Popović Pecija First Revolt, Marko and his brothers moved to Bihać, where they repeated in the bakery, after which they moved to Bosanska Krupa, where they again practiced the same craft.

Marko became independent and together with Risto Kovačević in 1868 he received a loan in Trieste. In 1873 he married Ana Kuljanin from Osijek near Sarajevo. Until the Herzegovina uprising (1875–1877), Marko acquired a fortune of 12,000 florin. A year before the uprising, he leased a tenth from the Ottoman government for 100,000 groschen. Due to the revolt, he did not sell the grain and then almost all his invested capital was lost. [2]

In 1876, Marko and the rest of the people fled to Austria-Hungary, more precisely to Illyrian armour. Two years later, when the people began to return, Marko returned and settled in Bihać, bringing with him 1,500 florin. In the spring of 1879 he moved again, this time to Krupa and began trading again. His business was going well, so he paid off all his debts in a short period.[3]

At the end of the 19th century, Marko Dobrojević was one of the richest merchants in the Bosnian Krajina. Realizing that the red-school shops in Krupa were not developing well, Marko built a house with his property and donated it to a Serbian school. In 1895, he became the president of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and a school fund was established on his initiative. The fund amounted to about 40,000 florin, while Marko's share in the fund was more than 30,000 florin. Marko also founded a fund for two students at high schools. In addition to financial support, he donated real estate in Cazin to the Serbian Orthodox Church municipality in Bihać.[3]


  • Крајишник, П. (1896). Marko Dobrojević, Serbian People's Benefactor (PDF) (12 ed.). Sarajevo: Bosanska Vila. Retrieved 20 February 2017.


  2. 2.0 2.1 Крајишник 1896, p. 186.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Крајишник 1896, p. 187.

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