Born in England on 14 January 1872, died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 19 September 1951.
Cheel worked as a gardener in Queensland and New South Wales, and was appointed to the staff of Centennial Park in 1897, before transferring to the Sydney Botanic Gardens. He joined the staff of the National Herbarium of New South Wales in 1908, becoming Chief Botanist and Curator (1933-1936). His main interests were in Myrtaceae and lichens, and he collected extensively, his collections being lodged in NSW.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]