This is an extraordinary 1997 collection of essays about landscape. With a lively and engaging style, George Seddon considers everything from creating a garden in Freemantle, to locating ancient plants while wandering in a far North Queensland rainforest to analysing the geological features on either side of the tram tracks in Collingwood. Yet while the book celebrates Australia, and covers many topics that seem familiar and everyday, it is challenging and provocative. Seddon is acutely aware of the moral and environmental aspects of history and is able to present local and regional history on a grand scale. Landprints reflects a lifetime devoted to questions about landscape: the ways we use and abuse the land, how Australian landscapes are different from European landscapes and how this land makes those who live on it uniquely, if ambiguously, Australian.
Prelude; Fugue for six voices; Part I. Talking: The Language of Landscape: 1. The nature of nature; 2. Words and weeds; 3. Journeys through a landscape; 4. On the road to Botany Bay; 5. A Snowy River reader; Part II. Perceiving: The Eyes and the Mind: 6. The evolution of perceptual attitudes; 7. Eurocentrism and Australian science, some examples; 8. Figures in the landscape; 9. Dreaming up a rainforest; 10. Home thoughts from abroad; Part III. Locating: The Sense of Place: 11. Sense of place; 12. The genius loci and the Australian landscape; 13. Cuddlepie and other surrogates; 14. Jet-set and parish pump; 15. Placing the debate; Part IV. Making: Creating Gardens and the Evolution of Styles: 16. The suburban garden in Australia; 17. The Australian backyard; 18. Gardening across Australia; 19. The garden as paradise; Part V. Analysing: Ideologies and Attitudes: 20. The rhetoric and ethics of the environmental protest movement; 21. The perfectibility of Nature; Part VI. Sharing and Caring: Ecological Frameworks: 22. Biological pollution; 23. The lie of the land; 24. Eating the future; 25. Felling the 'Groves of Life'; Coda: learning to be at home: 'and then came Venice'.