Sense of Place

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Sense of place
Cover of 1st edition
AuthorGeorge Seddon
PublisherUniversity of Western Australia Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)

Sense of place: a response to an environment: the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia is a 1972 book by George Seddon. It documents Seddon's struggle to understand the Swan Coastal Plain, a biogeographic region that he initially found harsh and unwelcoming. It includes information on landforms, climate, geology, soils, flora, the Swan River, the coast, offshore islands, wetlands, and urban areas. This information is, however, essentially presented in a literary style; in the words of Mark Tredinnick: "This is the kind of geography an essayist writes. This is the kind of essay a literate scientist writes. This is a literary natural history."

In Australia it is considered a landmark environmental publication. Among its claims to influence is having given modern currency to the term sense of place. Although Seddon did not coin the phrase, it was this book that introduced the phrase into the fields of landscape and environmental design.


  • Tredennick, Mark (2004). "The Genius of the Place: An introductory essay". Sense of place: A response to an environment: The Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia (Limited Facsimile Edition). Melbourne: Bloomings Books.