Whitiangas Soldiers Memorial Park, which was vested with the local council in 1942, was developed over a number of years as an important civic space.
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A number of memorial objects are located in the park, first among them the World War I and II Memorial obelisk (c.1920). A cannon from the HMS Buffalo, presented by Captain Albert Duder, is associated with the 1840 sinking which gave Buffalo Beach its name. An in-ground plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I was installed in 1993. The Park is the setting for Mercury Bays ANZAC Day commemorations each year.
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