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Alison Shaw

Tambo Teddies celebrating twenty-five years

2018 in Review

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Oh, what a year! We knew 2018 would be a big one – being the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tambo Teddies, but it ended up bigger than we imagined. We started the year creating a limited-edition Jubilee bear, singing a little Tambo Teddies tribute. February, we said goodbye to Kiralee who decided her life was heading in a different direction and she no longer had the time to devote to our little business. Tambo Teddies gets regular visits from Kiralee and Megan and the family’s latest addition, Jacqui. In March we sadly farewelled one of Teddies originals, Helen Sargood. We also…

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Tambo Teddy Bears have Woolmark certification

Woolmark – It’s Official.

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Great excitement in the Teddy camp this week – we have officially received the Woolmark certification for our teddy bears! We didn’t think 2018 could get any better………but it did……. when we were contacted the AWI’s (Australian Wool Innovation) Manager of Australia and New Zealand, Stephen Feighan, asking us about our products we started getting a bit hopeful. Early in the year, as part of our reflection over the past twenty-five years we wrote a blog on the efforts and the knock back the business founders had when they tried to secure the symbol in the late 1990s. Determined to…

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Tambo's Teddy bears poet

Tambo’s Teddy Bears in Verse

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Inspired to learn of the Teddies enterprise during a difficult time for the wool industry; a couple of ladies chipping in at near ground zero to pull a little town up by its bootlaces poet, Robert Raferty was moved to pen the poem, ‘Tambo’s Teddy Bears’ on 19th November, 1995. Robert Raftery is a master storyteller, and writer of verse. He is able to bring an audience to an inconceivable point of inspired emotion, with classic pieces, such as ‘We’re Goin’ for Gold!!!’, ‘Why Do We Call em’ Wallabies, Dad?’, and ‘Black Magic – Green and Gold’. We were delighted…

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Tambo Teddies – Fit for Royalty

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We couldn't believe our luck! Another gorgeous Tambo Teddy was chosen by the Government as Queensland's gift for Royalty. Six days before Prince Harry and Meghan were to visit Queensland, Alison's mobile rang and an aide from the Premier's office said the Premier would like to speak with her and asked if she was able to take the call?...…..................……..Ah yes...........happy to chat, Annastacia! And the reason for the call ..................to order a Tambo Teddy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as Queensland's gift. A little bit of deja vu...……...A Tambo Teddy was Queensland's gift to Prince William, Kate and...
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Tambo Teddies wool products

We Love Wool!

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From the 8th – 21st October, The Campaign for Wool’s annual UK Wool Week will mark its ninth year with an extended programme of events, exhibitions, activities and initiatives designed to educate, inspire and promote the benefits of wool. The Campaign for Wool began in October 2010 with a launch event that saw London’s historic tailoring street Savile Row transformed into a pasture upon which fifty sheep grazed. Over 100 companies participated in Wool Week and thousands of consumers took part in activities such as knitting and felting. As lovers of Wool, we thought we thought this period was a…

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Bear 45000 Drought bear Stirling Downs Stormy

Bear 45000 joins the Drought Appeal

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Bear 45,000 aptly named Stirling Downs Stormy has joined his mates at the Western Queensland Drought Appeal to help raise funds to support our communities who are experiencing the on-going impacts of this extended drought. The Drought has been hitting the region hard for several years and it is not only the farmers who are hurting, many small businesses in the towns across the region are struggling too. People have been tightening their belts and many small retail businesses in western towns are struggling with a substantially reduced revenue. Businesses have become more innovative where they can, using digital tools...
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Baby Austin with his Tambo Teddy and sheepie

Baby Austin’s Battle

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Baby Austin was born in March, 2018 into a loving family with Mum, Amy and Dad, Andrew by his side, he was adored by his brother and sister, Archie and Abby. Austin was reaching all his goals and milestones, then he started getting a bit of reflux and this little baby started playing havoc for mum. Amy thought things were a little strange when he went off his food and started getting a temperature! Up to the hospital she went where they monitored him for the night but with no answers, they referred him to see a paediatrician when they…

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Dyaln says competition Dylan loves his sheepskin but its not a teddy bear

Dylan says………

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What did Dylan have to say competition? The youngest member of the Tambo Teddy family, Dylan, is now eight months old and becoming a real character. Being very mobile (the fastest crawler in Tambo!) he can cut some moves around the shop on a Saturday morning - and the best fun is exploring! Ribbons, tags, teddies....anything within reach. Dylan managed to sit still long enough for us to catch a couple of piccies of him and we thought it would be fun to run a competition to see what people thought he might be saying (if he could talk!). Loads...
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Painted pet roack appeared at Tambo Teddies

Pet Rocks for Teddy Bears

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A couple of cutely painted pet rocks mysteriously appeared on our teddy bear seat out from of the shop. We were quite amused and had no idea where they had come from, a little bit of research uncovered that we were now part of a new global craze! This craze has kids all over the world getting outdoors to play hide and seek with hand-painted pet rocks. It has been praised as a cheap and easy way to get kids away from technology and outside. The hidden rocks are typically small, flat garden stones with a simple picture or a...
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