Criminology Research Council grant ; (6/75)
This research into the sociological and criminological consequences of the collapse of the Tasman Bridge on 5 January 1975 was conducted by a research committee on behalf of the late Mr. E. V. Knowles. The results were presented in the form of a book Aftermath: The Tasman Bridge Collapse - Criminological and Sociological Observations by Janet Whelan, Elizabeth Seaton and Eric Cunningham Dax published by the Australian Institute of Criminology. The book received wide recognition including a review in Time magazine. The first edition of 1,000 copies has sold out and a second printing has been undertake!). The book recorded the details of the social dislocation, psychological effects and changes in crime patterns that resulted from the incident and also reviewed the steps that need to be taken to minimise the harmful effects of similar disasters.