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Biographical entry Cheel, Edwin (1872 - 1951)

Born
14 January 1872
Chartham Hatch, near Canterbury, Kent, England
Died
19 September 1951
Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Edwin Cheel was Botanical Assistant at the National Herbarium, Sydney from 1908 until becoming Principal Assistant in 1913. In 1924 he was appointed Curator and between 1933-1936 was both Botanist and Curator.

Details

Born Chartham Hatch, near Canterbury, Kent, England, 14 January 1872. Died Ashfield, 19 September 1951. Migrated as a farm-labourer to Mackay, Queensland, May 1892; worked in the cane-fields ca 1894-97; carpenter, Sydney ca 1894-97; gardener, Centennial Park 1897-1901; 'honorary charge' of lichens, National Herbarium, Sydney 1901; outdoor staff, Botanic Gardens 1902-05; in charge of lichens and fungi 1906-08; botanic assistant 1908-13; principal botanical assistant, in charge of the herbarium 1913-24; curator 1924-33; botanist and curator 1933-36. Bronze medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1943. President, Naturalists' Society 1911-12, 1923-24; president, Linnean Society of New South Wales 1930; president, Horticultural Association 1929-31; president, Royal Society of New South Wales 1932.

Events

1924
Career position - President of the Naturalists Society of New South Wales
1924
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus chisholmi orth. var. Maiden & Blakely. Cheel collected the type material
1930
Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1931
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1933 - 1936
Career position - Chief Botanist and Curator, National Herbarium of New South Wales
1937
Career position - President of the Botany Section of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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