George Lansell stank out Bendigo, asked council for compensation

Tom O'Callaghan
By Tom O'Callaghan
Updated December 26 2021 - 5:44am, first published December 24 2021 - 6:30pm
SOAP BATTLE: A statue of George Lansell close to the spot he caused such a stink 160 years ago and (below) a letter to the Bendigo Advertiser from 1859. Images: NONI HYETT and TROVE

AN OUTRAGED witness described "stunned and horrified" passers-by holding their breath as an overpowering stench wafted through downtown Bendigo, 160 years ago.

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Tom O'Callaghan

Tom O'Callaghan

Journalist

I grew up in Bendigo and I want to tell your stories.