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DCRACONNAUGHTRANGESABRIEFHISTORYTheDominionofCanadaRix1feAssociaonwasfoundedin1868topromoteandencouragethetrainingofmarks-manshipthroughoutCanadapromptedbytheimminentdepartureoftheBrishGarrisonsin1871.OnApril1st1868theAdjutantGeneraloftheMiliaGeneralMacDougallthroughtheHonourableMinisterofMiliaSirG.E.CarercalledameenginO0awaofrepresentavesoftheProvincesofOntarioQuebecNewBrunswickandNo-vaScoaatwhichitwasdecidedtoproceedwiththeformaonoftheDCRA.GovernorGeneralhisExcellencyVis-countMonckacceptedtheroleofPatronaposionheldtothisdaybythecurrentGovernorGeneral.TheAssociaonbroughttogetherthirtythreeindependentrix1feassociaons.Thex1erstAnnualPrizeMeengwasheldatLaprairiejustoutsideMontrealwithover900competorscompengfor5500inprizemoney.Theannu-alDCRAprizemeengshavebeenheldeveryyearsinceexceptduringthetwoWorldWars.TheDCRAsnaonalrangebecameunl1897theRideauRangejustbehindthecurrentlocaonoftheRussianEmbassyinO0awa.ItthenmovedtoamoresuitablelocaonwithgreaterscopeforlongrangeshoongatRockclix1de.The380acresitepermi0edshoongfrom200yardsto1000yardswithroomforextensionbackto2000.ThatyeartheDCRAalsoconstructedisownpermanentaccommodaonatBisleywhereCanadianTeamshavecompetedeversinceOntariosvisitin1870-thex1erstDCRATeamwenttoWimbledonin1873andconnuedtodosoeachyearunl1889aerwhichthematchesmovedtoBisley.TheDCRAconnuedtoholditsAnnualMatchesatRockclix1deunltheoutbreakoftheFirstWorldWarin1914andagainin1919and1920.DuringitsperiodofoccupancyatRockclix1detheDCRAhadbuiltalargeAdministraonbuildingandasubstanalsetofquartersforcompetorsbutpressurebegantomounttohavethesiteoftherangemadeavailableforotherpurposes.TheDCRAinconjunconwiththeMinisterofMiliaselectedthecurrentsiteofConnaughtRangesfordevelop-mentandsincetheDCRAwasbeingrequiredtogiveupitsbuildingsatRockclix1detheAssociaonwasgranteduseoftheConnaughtRangeinperpetuity.TheoriginalplansfortherangesaresllintheDCRAarchives.ConnaughtopenedinmefortheDCRAtoholdthe1921AnnualPrizeMeengasithasdoneeveryyearsincethenexceptthe1939to1946period.DuringtheearlyyearstheAnnualPrizeMeengsconsistedofsmallborepistolServiceRix1feAMilitaryTargetsandServiceRix1feBTargetRix1feTargets.Upwardsof3000competorsincluding800Cadetsa0endedthe10daycompeons.AllcompeonswereunderthecontrolofDCRAstax1d.InthoseyearsallmembersoftheDCRABisleyTeamwereMilitarymembersaswasthemajorityofthemembership.In1931inhonourofavisitbySirLionelFletcherCBEsGreatBritainteamtheCanadaMatchandCommonwealthMatchtrophiesweredonatedbyCanadianNaonalRailforinternaonalteamcompeonseeseparateitems.CadetsalsoremainamongthemainstaysoftheAnnualPrizeMeengwheretheycompeteforplacesonthefol-lowingyearsteamtoBisley.TheDCRAiscomposedof10ProvincialRix1feAssociaonsplustheYukonRix1feAssociaonandtheNaonalCapitalRegionRix1feAssociaon.Asmallstax1drunstheDCRAfromConnaughtandthankstothemandtheexcellentsea-sonalmarkersandrangestax1dDCRAconnuestoputonaverywellrunandenjoyableAnnualPrizeMeenginwhichwelookforwardtotakingpartthissummer.Longmayitconnue