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Herbert Hunt fonds
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Correspondence and legal documents

File consists of correspondence, certificates, deeds, contracts, a statement of account, and other legal documents. The contents delineate Hunt’s acceptance to the 3,000 Family Settlement Scheme, the procedures involved in his immigration to Canada, and his interactions with the Soldier Settlement Board and Saskatchewan Co-operative Wheat Producers Limited.

Drafts and rejected publications

File consists of drafts of Hunt’s writings in various stages of completion, and a rejection letter from the Morning Post to his submission, “Empire settlement - Canada,” in which Hunt outlines his dissatisfaction with the 3,000 Family Settlement Scheme.

Farm records

File consists of diaries, account books, receipts, and a hand-drawn map. The diaries and account books document crop prices, farm outputs, livestock and other assets, weather, travel between neighbouring towns, Spruce Lake council meetings, and daily life. The diary for 1936 contains an account of Hunt’s return to England.

Farm records

File consists of diaries and account books that document crop prices, farm outputs, livestock and other assets, weather, travel between neighbouring towns, town meetings, and daily life. The Weekly Farm Record and Journal of Receipts and Expenses 1926, used by Hunt for 1927, contains two hand-drawn maps of Hedgerows farm.

Herbert Hunt fonds

  • F0683
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1970, predominant 1926-1938

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.

Hunt, Herbert William

Newspapers, clippings and printed materials

File consists of a copy of the St. Walburg Enterprise, a copy of Atlas of Canada, clippings from other newspapers and magazines, a pamphlet on British Family Settlement in New Brunswick, road maps of Saskatchewan and Canada, and other ephemera. The articles and publications document the experiences of settlers across Canada, including the challenges faced by farmers during nine years of drought.

Photocopy of farm sale poster, 1936

File consists of a photocopy of the announcement of Hunt's farm sale, where he sold his livestock, machinery and miscellaneous equipment before returning to England.

Publications

File consists of an essay by Hunt detailing his experiences settling in Saskatchewan, published in both a newspaper and a government publication. The essay placed fourth in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix’s 3,000 Family Competition, which was held by several newspapers across Canada. Hunt’s work was later republished in a collection of these stories by the Department of Immigration and Colonization, Winning through : Stories of life on Canadian farms told by British settlers.