Herbert Hunt's writings

Hunt submitted an optimistic account of his settler experience for a Canada-wide newspaper competition in 1929, placing fourth in his district. He champions perseverance in the face of the many challenges of farm life throughout the essay. However, his later unpublished work outlines Hunt’s ultimate dissatisfaction with the settlement scheme.

Hunt's drafts can be found in the York University Libraries Digital Repository, along with a republication of his essay by the Department of Immigration and Colonization in a collection of settler stories.

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - 27 April 1929

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - 27 April 1929

Hunt’s prizewinning entry to the 3,000 Family Competition.

Empire settlement Canada - 1936

Empire settlement Canada - 1936

After his return to England in 1936, Hunt reflected on his experiences. Here, in a striking contrast to his published essay, Hunt criticizes the 3,000 Family Scheme. He details his struggle to acclimatize to Canadian weather and the devastating irregularities involved in farming.

Rejection letter - 20 January 1937

Rejection letter - 20 January 1937

Citing fears of libel, “Empire Settlement Canada” was rejected by The Morning Post.