Each year the Rotary Club of Wagga Sunrise presents a Charles Houen scholarship to a local student studying Legal Studies in their final year at High School. A Further Scholarship is also awarded to each student if they successfully complete the first year of a University Law course.

Erin Doyle, who received a scholarship in 2010, while studying at Kooringal High School is now studying law at Wollongong University and has achieved outstanding results in her first year of studies.

This morning at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Wagga Sunrise, Erin was presented with the second part of her scholarship by Margaret Houen, widow of Charles Houen. Also present for the occasion was Erin’s father, Tim Doyle and her legal studies teacher from Kooringal High School, Deirdre Lisle.


Charles Houen was a well known and respected lawyer in Wagga and District for many years.

Mr Houen won a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1956 and gained a double degree in Arts/Law at the University of Sydney.

Ten years later he became a new solicitor at Creaghe Lisle in Wagga and was a senior partner at the time of his death in 2008. He was appointed to and was the only country member of the Professional Standards Board of NSW, and received the prestigious award of Lawyer of the Year in NSW in 1988.

Mr Houen also served with a wide range of educational and charitable community organisations usually as honorary solicitor, director or trustee. These included the Anglican Diocesan Synod for 24 years, chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of the Riverina for 20 years, St John’s Parish Council for 17 years and the Salvation Army consultative committee.

He lectured in law at the Wagga Campus of TAFE, and served on a number of local school boards including Sacred Heart, Trinity High and the Riverina Anglican College.

He was a Wagga City Council alderman from 1974 to 1977, and was awarded Rotary’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2003.