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Alfred Meebold

Alfred Karl Meebold (Heidenheim an der Brenz, Kingdom of Württemberg, September 29, 1863 – January 6, 1952, Havelock North, New Zealand) was a botanist, writer, and anthroposophist.


Meebold worked at his father's factory, in the Württembergische Cattunmanufactur.

He travelled to India three times, first in 1904, and to New Zealand for the first time in 1928. Meebold became a personal student of Rudolf Steiner. Between 1928 and 1938 he spent many months in Budapest, Hungary, where he worked at the first non-German-language Waldorf school in the world. Its founder was Nagy Emilné Göllner Mária (later, in Switzerland known as Maria von Nagy).

Meebold left Europe in 1938, intending to relocate to New Zealand. He was detained in Hawaii because of World War II, and was not able to leave Honolulu until after 1945.

The Australian plant species Darwinia meeboldii is named in his honour, as are Acacia meeboldii, Geranium meeboldii and the genus Meeboldina.


  • Luzie's Testament, short stories (1895–1898)
  • Vox Humana, short stories (1895–1898, Berlin)
  • Sarolta, novel (1904, Berlin)
  • Das Erwachen der Seele, novel (1907, München)
  • Indien (1907, Berlin)
  • Der Weg zum Geist, auto-biography (1917 and 1920, München)
  • Irrmansdorf, novel (1926–1927, Basel)
  • Hotel Mooswald, novel (1928, Basel)
  • Der botanische Wandersmann, poems (1931, Oedenburg)
  • Zwischen Elf und Engel, poems (1933, Oedenburg)
  • Kurs zur Einführung in die Anthroposophie Rudolf Steiners, 6 lectures in Vienna, 1931. (1936)

External links

  • Meebold biography at Australian National Herbarium site
  • Meebold biography at Forschungsstelle Kulturimpuls (German)
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