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Alison Shaw

Vale Helen Sargood

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It was with great sadness last week that we learnt Helen Sargood, one of Tambo Teddies business co-founders, had passed away. Helen together with Charm Ryrie and Mary Sutherland worked hard to establish the business from a quirky little idea, that many said couldn’t happen, to a thriving regional cottage industry business. No doubt their rewards were more the success and attention Tambo Teddies received rather than financial gain. In the early days the challenges were many with no ‘google’ to assist them, many hours were spent on the phone chasing down materials and supplies. Helen’s main role in the...
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And then there were two – a farewell from Kiralee

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Tambo Teddies – It has been a privilege What a wonderful journey Tambo Teddies has taken me on.  I remember back to the first 6 months, completing a day of teaching and then heading down to the Tambo Teddies workshop for a few more hours each afternoon – busy, busy, busy.  The running joke was to ‘Go Global’ (which seems more like a reality these days).  There were so many ideas we wanted to put into place, the struggle was focusing on just one at a time.   I guess I imagined after 3 years that the ideas and inspiration for…

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Twenty-Five Years of Teddy Bears

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In the tiny town of Tambo located in the middle of the Outback local women have been crafting sheepskin teddy bears for the past twenty-five years. Following a Government workshop to uncover new industries in regional communities, three women got together and decided to form a teddy bear company. After nearly a year of extensive planning, designing, trial and error the first bears were ready for market in 1993. The final design or ‘prototype’ is proudly displayed in store while the first bear to be sold, auspiciously named ‘MacFarlane Mary’ and numbered 1 on her bum tag, was purchased by…

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Tambo Teddy Bears Picnic

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On September 16th, 2017 teddy bears and teddy bear enthusiasts descended on Tambo to enjoy all the fun at the Tambo Teddy Bears Picnic. An annual event since 2011, the picnic is transitioning to a biennial activity with the next event being planned for 2019. A community affair, the picnic is held on the lawn at the Tambo Shire Hall and around 300 people from the neighbouring towns of Blackall, Charleville, Alpha and Augathella attended. It is a family fun day filled with rides, games and activities, where everyone is welcome along with their teddy bears. Presented by the Tambo...
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Tambo Teddies Limited Editions

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Over the years there has been a series of limited editions created at Tambo Teddies; special bears of differing styles of which there were only 100 of each made. The limited editions were named after local pioneering families, some of the region's earliest settlers, whose descendants still reside in Tambo today. We have one of each of the Limited Edition Bears except for the Bredhauer Bear, which was kept by the previous owner, Mary Sutherland, who is a Bredhauer descendent and the maker of all these special creations. Each bear came with information on the family; we have five of the cards remaining for the second, fourth, fifth,...
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Competition Time!

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Design a Tambo Teddy Toby Bear and WIN. This is your chance to design your own unique ‘friend for life’. Use the colour options on the Tambo Teddies website www.tamboteddies.com.au to design your very own Patchwork Toby. Available colours: Honey, Cream, Bamboo, Chocolate, Latte, Ink, Mid Grey, Silver Fox, Lemon, Plum, Red, Pink, Blue, Frog Green, Bottle Green, Lime, Purple, Port Wine, Indigo & Mint Green. The winning designer* will have their Small Toby Tambo Teddy design made and sent to them FREE! To enter, simply colour-in and label the colours in each section of the Toby outline below. Scan and email your...
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Naming of the Ace Reporter Teddy Bear

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Editor of the Longreach Leader, Noni Rutherford recently engaged the services of a new staff member, a talented teddy bear trained as an ace reporter, perfect for the job. The Leader is a great regional newspaper that provides a fantastic service to the Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Diamantina and Barcoo Shires, reporting on local and regional events, news and activities. Hailed as the Independent Voice of Central West Queensland the Leader has been reporting across the west since 1923. As a journalist, the bear has a number of advantages, he doesn't need any wages, doesn't take holidays, will work weekends and is pretty cheap to feed,...
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Teddy Bears Facts…………..

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We thought we would like to share a few cool facts about teddy bears with you and put a bit of teddy bear history in perspective. There are many famous teddy bears and we are proud to include ourselves in this little teddy bear timeline. 1902 – Roosevelt leaves on November 12 for Mississippi for his 4 day bear hunt. – Berryman’s ‘Drawing the Line in Mississippi’ cartoon published in The Washington Post on November 16. – Morris Michtom and Steiff produce teddy bears. 1907 – American John W. Bratton composes the music for ‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’. 1914-1918 – Teddy bear factories are used to make…

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Australian Teddy Bear supports Little Legs Campaign

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A true, blue Australian teddy bear, a Tambo Teddy no less, recently set off to England to support the Little Legs campaign. Little Legs, is a fundraiser being driven by Kate and Michael Still, and the money raised will go to the Steps international charity that supports children in the third world with congenital Talipes Equivarous and the Camelia Botnar Children’s Orthopedic Centre over in England. Kate and Michael have a compelling motivation to help………. ‘In October 2016, at our 20 week scan we found out that our little girl had a fetal abnormality – congenital Talipes Equivarous, otherwise known…

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Tambo Teddies take on China!

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Ever since we purchased the business we have been talking about going global……and last week we took the first solid steps along this path.   It may seem that 3 years is a long time to get our act together but we really wanted to make sure we undertook this project with as little risk as possible. So rather than just dropping into China and announcing Tambo Teddies have arrived! we engaged the services of an experienced consultant, Ben Ferguson, and we were very thankful that we did. Tammy and Alison flew into Guangzhou to spend a week at the…

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