About Us

Rosemarie Toynbee

Rosemarie was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and lived in both the North and South Islands where her father worked as a Civil Engineer.

Rosemarie then came to Australia in the 1960’s and lived in Sydney for many years. Whilst visiting New Zealand on holiday in she met her Scottish husband after walking the Milford Track; Arnold was on holiday as well and at that time was living and working in Qatar in the Arabian Gulf.

They subsequently married in Wellington and after a few weeks in Oman where Arnold was then based, they went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for a few years. A great experience too.

She has always been involved in the sale of makeup, skin care, perfume and fashion and always with the beautiful prestigious European houses. She has also travelled extensively both before and after she married; a shared passion.

Eventually she and Arnold returned to Sydney to live mostly in Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore until city life became overwhelming and we bought a property at Coopers Shoot, Bangalow in December, 2000

They were both involved with Slow Food Byron Bay, Arnold for a while was treasurer and Rosemarie was president for about 3 years. What a fantastic introduction to the many members both in Byron and also all over Australia, and the many world class producers of all our marvellous local food.

They look forward to many more successful and varied B&BN events for our future.

Rosemarie Toynbee

Founder and Director

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Arnold Toynbee

The first 20 years of Arnold’s career was in the construction industry in his native Scotland and the Middle East. After emigrating to Australia in 1984 he spent a further 20 years in a variety of senior management roles in the IT industry. Relocating to the Northern Rivers in 2005 Arnold furthered his career in a part time consulting role to small businesses up until 2019 when he wound back this activity.

In between listening to music, golf, gardening and following the classic car scene he finds time to assist Rosemarie with Byron and Beyond Networking!

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