Well, our family name has made it into fiction, a novel by M.L.Stedman titled The Light Between Oceans, published earlier this year. My daughter Liz was reading the novel while travelling on a train heading up the North Shore when she turned to page 51 and the name Mrs Mewett immediately caught her eye. Surprised, nay, astonished she almost fell off the carriage seat. Liz was reading the The Light Between Oceans in preparation for a Book Club meeting in Narrandera.
Mrs Mewett is a minor character who runs a boarding house in a coastal town in the south-west of Western Australia. She is in her sixties, stoutish, a no-nonsense landlady who lays down the rules of the house about drinking and smoking and meals before she hands over the key to the main character. The writer refers to the house as Mrs Mewett’s. The story is set in the early 20th Century, post-World War I.