A group of South West volunteers are working to share the stories of the dead as a way to honour those buried within their shire and celebrate their untold history. Members of the Capel District Cemeteries Project team have been dedicating their time since 2017 to compiling an online register to tell the stories of the 700 people buried at Capel Cemetery. Launching today, the website will provide biographical information of those buried since 1854 in the hope of connecting the dead with successors and giving an insight into the years of “the dash”. Volunteer Petrina Prowse said the dash between the birth and death dates on a headstone had become a symbol for the project. “The dash is small, but it represents a person’s life — we wanted to be able to fill in the dash so that their stories are told and not forgotten,” she said. “Our hopes are that the website will provide a modern platform to show our research and tell the stories of those who came before us and connect with those who are searching for family members now and into the future.” One such name is Florizel Lamming, a 16-year-old who died in 1912 after she was burned while trying to save her mistress from a fire. “It’s stories like this that matter,” volunteer Judy Hearne said. “There are so many ordinary people, but ordinary people do special things.” Ms Prowse asked those who had information on people buried at the cemetery to get in touch to help build the anecdotes shared in the biographies. The website launch will take place at Capel Library at 11am.