Helen Papworth gave a talk called H.M. Stanley and the Scramble for Africa to Denbigh and District Probus Club .

The talk took place after lunch at the Oriel Hotel, St Asaph on June 3.

Ms Papworth, spent many years in Ethiopia working in education, as well as spending many years studying Wrexham and Bangor.

In her talk, she highlighted the life of Stanley, who was born in Denbigh as John Rowlands and raised in St Asaph workhouse.

Against all odds, Stanley became a journalist for Mid-Western newspapers during his early twenties.

This led to him covering the Napier Expedition to Ethiopia in 1867, at his own expense.

He later discovered explorer David Livingstone, ventured into the Congo, and controversially assisted King Leopold of the Belgians in establishing the Free State of the Congo.

Stanley transitioned from American to British citizenship and subsequently served as an Member of Parliament.

Ms Papworth's residency in Ethiopia brought her in close proximity to Stanley's historic path, further enriching her captivating exploration of the past.

Ms Papworth's next presentation will focus on Bodelwyddan Castle.

The next Denbigh and District Probus Club meeting will be held on Monday, July 1.

New members are welcome to join and you can find more information on denbighprobus.com.