Karen Overington

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Karen Overington
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Ballarat West
In office
18 September 1999 – 2 November 2010
Preceded by Paul Jenkins
Succeeded by Sharon Knight
Personal details
Born Karen Marie Brown
(1951-11-16)16 November 1951
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Died 11 August 2011(2011-08-11) (aged 59)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Brian Overington (1970–2009; his death)
Children 2
Occupation Politician, welfare worker

Karen Marie Overington (16 November 1951 – 11 August 2011) was an Australian politician. She was an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2010, representing the electorate of Ballarat West.

Overington was born Karen Marie Brown in Ballarat, and attended Sacred Heart College. She worked as an electorate officer from 1984 to 1992, and as a Uniting Church outreach worker from 1994 to 1999. She had a lengthy career in local government before her election to parliament, serving as a councillor for the Borough of Sebastopol from 1982 until 1994, with a stint as mayor in 1990–1991. The council was merged with several neighbouring ones in 1994, and Overington won election to the larger City of Ballarat council at its first election in 1996, serving in that role until her election to parliament.[1][2]

Overington was elected to parliament on her second attempt as part of Labor's victory in the 1999 elections, having lost one prior attempt in 1993. She was re-elected with little difficulty in 2002 and 2006, winning 55.5 per cent of the vote at the 2006 election. [3][4][5]

Overington was married with two children.[6] Her husband, Brian Overington, died in 2009, and she was diagnosed with cancer shortly afterwards. She retired from parliament at the 2010 state election, and died on 11 August 2011.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Handbook: Karen Overington". Parliament of Victoria Retrieved on 3 April 2009.
  2. ^ Gibson, Rachel. "Winds of change". The Age, 27 September 1997.
  3. ^ Barker, Geoffrey. "Kirner throws her energies into Ballarat win". The Age, 25 September 1992.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Handbook: Karen Overington". Parliament of Victoria Retrieved on 3 April 2009.
  5. ^ "State Election 2006: Ballarat West District". Victorian Electoral Commission Retrieved on 3 April 2009.
  6. ^ Quilan, Kim (13 August 2011). "Angel of Sebastopol – Karen Overington worked behind the scenes". thecourier.com.au. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Former Labor MP Karen Overington dies". ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Baillieu, Ted: CONDOLENCES: Karen Marie Overington, Parliament of Victoria, 30 August 2011.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Jenkins
Member for Ballarat West
Succeeded by
Sharon Knight