Just by chance, and not related to me, I came across John Handley Knibbs in connection with some research I was undertaking on Edith Bubb, matron of the Girls Reformatory at Redruth, Burra. I also found John Handley Knibbs listed in the Hill End Family History ‘Persons of Mystery’.
John Handley Knibbs’ sojourn at Hill End was brief and unspectacular. He arrived there in late 1872, full of anticipation but left within eighteen months, with nothing to show for his endeavours. Where had he come from, and what was his life story?