I was fortunate and discovered this article about the first amateur dramatic performance of the Franklin Reading Club held on Tuesday, 29th August 1871. This performance and subscription ball was held in aid of the widow of the late Dr. Dawson. The evening raised about £10 for Emma Dawson (Seabrook).
|Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 6 September 1871, page 3|