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The rifle range was established in 1877 and later named after Major C.E. Merrett who was a member of the Australian shooting team that won the Bisley Rifle Shooting trophy in 1912. Major Merrett was also a Councillor of the Victorian Rifle Association who gave 58 years of service to rifle shooting.
Originally used as a training ground for soldiers, it was later used by the police and civilian rifle clubs and school cadets. The range was the rifle-shooting venue for the 1956 Olympic Games and in 1990 was closed from the sale of the land for the Rifle Range housing estate.