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Sir Bob steps back in time

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Bob Geldof has spent a leisurely Saturday morning touring Sovereign Hill.

The Boomtown Rats singer, activist and BandAid / LiveAid hero has been in town overnight for a Committee for Ballarat dinner.

He was also presented with a portrait at Mair Street's Pub with Two Names by its owner, David Bromley.

Geldof and his team enjoyed the museum while learning about the history of the Ballarat Goldfields.

It included the Red Hill Gully Diggings and the Main Street.

Geldof was born in Dun Laoghaire, a southern suburb of Dublin, and his visit comes on th eve of St Patricks Day.

Figures show that by the late 1800s, one third of all people living in Australia were of Irish descent - and the Irish Embassy says the statistics are similar even in the 21st century.

Between 1797 and 1868, 24 per cent of all convicts transported to Australia were born in Ireland.

The most famous miner on the Ballarat Goldfields - Peter Lalor - was born in Raheen in the central Ireland in 1827. 

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And here's a sample of where it all began for Bob in 1979 ...