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Explorer's life on display
The Congo map went under the hammer for 78,000
Artefacts belonging to world famous explorer Henry Morton Stanley have gone on display in his home town of Denbigh.

The explorer, immortalised by his famous words "Dr Livingstone I presume" in the midst of the jungle, was born in the north Wales town more than 100 years ago.

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

They spent more than 4,000 on the items funded through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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


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

They also bought a figure of the explorer and a memorial to his grandfather.

The permanent exhibition, housed at Denbigh library, was officially opened on Thursday.

Denbighshire councillor Gwyneth Kensler said it was important for the county to remember their famous son.

"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 HM Stanley's home town should recognise his contribution to history and we are delighted to bring these treasured items to Denbigh, so that people have an opportunity to see items belonging to this remarkable person."

HM Stanley
HM Stanley was born in Denbigh

HM Stanley's association with Denbighshire has been well documented.

Born John Rowlands in a cottage outside Denbigh Castle, he was brought up in a workhouse in St Asaph from the age of six.

He left the area in 1859 to become a cabin-boy on a ship bound for New Orleans.

It was there he was befriended by American Henry Hope Stanley, from whom he adopted his name.

In 1867, he became a journalist and was asked by his editor to locate the missing explorer Dr David Livingstone.

He eventually found him four years later on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, and greeted, him with his now famous line - "Dr Livingstone I presume?"

He died in London in 1904.

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