"I know what it's like when you are trying to find a headstone for someone in a town that you can't get to. If someone in Auckland wants to get a photo of a plaque of his grandfather in Andersons Bay, then I'm making it available."
He has photographed 5800 graves and plaques of 6100 servicemen and women in Dunedin cemeteries since last November. About 300 of the 6100 names were from memorials of those buried overseas or those who died on the way to war and were buried at sea, he said.
The project was a follow-on from another he completed last year, in which he photographed all the 8100 graves and plaques in 18 Otago cemeteries and transcribed the information to a spreadsheet to to provide back-up in the event of a natural disaster destroying the sites.
You can read the full story in an article by Shawn McAvinue published in the Otago Daily Times' web site at http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/252912/genealogist-adds-record.
We need more dedicated volunteers like Allan Steel!