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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2004, 08:33 GMT 09:33 UK
Explorer's exhibits on display
HM Stanley
HM Stanley's death 100 years ago is being commemorated
Artefacts marking the life of famous African explorer Henry Morton Stanley have gone on public display in Denbighshire.

The explorer, immortalised by his famous words "Dr Livingstone, I presume" was born in Denbigh in 1841.

He died 100 years ago and Denbighshire Council have a number of events lined up to celebrate their famous son.

In 2002, the local authority bought a number of Stanley's belongings at auction in London.

The items on show at Denbigh Library and Museum include the explorer's memorial to his grandfather, a pair of his boots, glass plate negatives of him and a Welsh Bible.

Map of the Congo
The council did not secure HM Stanley's map of the Congo

The exhibition will run until 22 May.

At a sale at Christies auctioneers in 2002, Denbighshire Council successfully bid for five out of 11 items belonging to the adventurer and MP.

The glass plate negatives of the explorer were bought for 2,000, the Welsh Bible given as a wedding present to Stanley and his wife was bought for 1,200 and a model of his hand for 700.

However, a water-stained map of the Congo River, which fetched nearly 78,000 at the sale, went to an unknown buyer.

The council was able to bid for the artefacts with the aid of grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Denbighshire Councillor Gwyneth Kensler said: "Stanley is one of the world's most famous explorers and is known for his greeting to a fellow explorer, 'Dr Livingstone, I presume'".

"It is only right that H.M. Stanley's home county should recognise his contribution to history."

Stanley spent most of his childhood from age six to 15 in the St Asaph Union Workhouse.

In 1871, he set off on his expedition to discover East Africa and the Congo.

In 1899 he was knighted and from 1895 to 1900 he sat in Parliament.

He died in London on 10 May 1904.


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