Ted Marr grew up on a sheep station near Wilcannia, NSW. His first three years of education were at home from the NSW Correspondence School and then he went to boarding school in Sydney. Later he graduated BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney, and LLB from the University of Technology, Sydney.
At the time he started university, Ted Marr took evening courses in wine, cocktails and food service at the then Sydney Technical College. Then during his 6 years at university, he worked continuously in the hotel, restaurant and liquor sales industry, variously as a barman, waiter, maître d’, restaurant cashier and hotel night auditor.
Ted is admitted as a solicitor in Australia, Hong Kong, England & Wales. After graduation and admission he worked for a law firm in Sydney, and in 1987 moved to Hong Kong, where he worked for almost 30 years with several different firms in the field of intellectual of property. Towards the end of that period he also worked for 5 years in Beijing, managing a locally licensed intellectual property law firm.
During his time in Hong Kong, Ted created and operated the hugely popular annual Bela Vista Balls in Macau from 1988 until 1999. And from 1991 until 2016, with Espen Harbitz, he went on to produce and operate the equally popular China Coast Ball luxury travel programs, run over a period of 5 to 15 days each year in different international locations, including Russia, South Africa & Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Cuba, China & Hong Kong, Beirut & Istanbul, Australia, Argentina & Uruguay, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Kaliningrad, Hungary & Romania, Vietnam, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia & Armenia, Norway, and Cambodia & Laos.
During his many years in Hong Kong, Ted travelled extensively all over the world, in pursuit of good food and wine and diverse cultural attractions. In particular, over the last 20 years or so, he has been spending several weeks a year chasing opera and other music in Germany, Austria, Italy, the UK and the USA. In the course of that (and while putting on the luxury China Coast Ball programs), Ted and Espen have become very experienced consumers of hotel and restaurant services.
Ted and Espen recently moved to the Orange area. After first settling in to an old farmhouse on 12 acres where they grow vegetables and roses and raise chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl, they took over the Oriana, Orange, where they have commenced a major upgrade program to offer first rate accommodation and food to both visitors and locals.