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Herbert Hunt fonds
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1926-1970, predominant 1926-1938 (Creation)
- Hunt, Herbert William
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0.08 m of textual records and other material
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Herbert William Hunt served in the artillery for the British Army during the First World War while his wife, Jessica, served in the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Hunt and his wife tried to build an agrarian life for themselves in England for six year after the war, without success. Disappointed, Hunt applied to the 3,000 Family Settlement Scheme, a joint initiative by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada to resettle British families on farmland in central and western Canada. Canada’s Department of Immigration and Colonization accepted Hunt’s application to participate in the Settlement Scheme in March 1926. By the end of May, Hunt and his wife began their migration to their settlement, which was located north of Spruce Lake and east of St.Walburg in Saskatchewan. After completing the probationary apprenticeship of one year, during which time new settlers were required to demonstrate their fitness by working as farm hands, Hunt purchased 160 acres of farmland from the Soldier Settlement Board. On this farm, Hedgerows, Hunt primarily cultivated wheat. Hunt and his wife struggled to acclimatize to Canada, the harsh prairie weather in particular. His crops also suffered under frost and drought. The family’s financial hardship was compounded by the low market prices of grains during the depression. After spending a challenging decade in Saskatchewan, Hunt and his wife returned to England in 1936. Hunt died in Benfleet, Essex, England in 1985.
After Hunt’s death the records were kept in the custody of his nephew, A. Godfrey Hunt, who reorganized the materials in a rough chronological order.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of diaries, account books, crop records, photographs, publications and drafts written by Hunt, correspondence, contracts, receipts, government documents and publications, newspaper and magazine articles, maps, and ephemera. Hunt’s correspondence with various government officials and travel coordinators documents his enrollment in the Settlement Scheme, and the processes involved in migrating from England to Canada. Hunt’s participation in the scheme is further documented by his accumulation of government publications and legal documents, as well as the journals and receipts that pertained to his farming activities. Photographs and maps depict Hedgerows farm and its location. Newspaper and magazine clippings and other printed ephemera collected by Hunt, while in Saskatchewan and after his return to England, record his continued interest in the fates of his fellow settlers. Although Hunt published an essay recounting his experiences positively, his drafts speak of his ultimate discontent with the Settlement Scheme.
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by A. Godfrey Hunt in 2015.
Contents of the fonds were arranged by a practicum student under the supervision of the University Archivist. Documents are grouped by media and activity, and are arranged chronologically within the files.
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Records relating to Herbert Hunt’s service in the British army were donated by A. Godfrey Hunt to the Firepower Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich.
The fond comprises the following accessions: 2016-006. Further accruals may be expected.
An online exhibit pertaining to the Herbert Hunt fonds is available at http://archives.library.yorku.ca/exhibits/show/seekingthatacreandacow.
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2016/06/10 Natalia Pietrzykowski. Created.
2020/05/01 KCP. Migrated YUDL metadata created by Natalia Pietrzykowski.