A The Fact Detectives episode. Weekdays at 7am and Weekends at 1pm

Thu 19 September 2019

Why was the city of Melbourne in Australia once known as Smellbourne? What does a Night Soil person do? And where does our poo and wee go when we flush? 

The Fact Detectives find out all this and more when they meet Marita Dyson from Melbourne Museum who clears up all these smelly mysteries and more!

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A Kinderling co-production with Museums Victoria


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