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By the early 20th century, parades were held in capital cities and rural centres. These were demonstrations of connections with an Irish Catholic past, or support for Irish political causes.

Today, St Patrick's Day in Australia has evolved into a fun day marked by revelry, green beer and comical hats. On that day, some say that there are only two kinds of people — those who are Irish, and those who wish they were.

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St Patrick’s Day badge, 1920s

St Patrick’s Day badge, 1935

St Patrick’s Day badge

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