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Alison Shaw

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We love a Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday Tambo Teddies………… March 19th marks the four year anniversary since we purchased Tambo Teddies. Giving us a bit more to celebrate – our four years of the twenty-five years of the business.  As we have mentioned Kiralee has left the teddy family to concentrate on her family and new life, and Tammy and Alison will be taking the business forward. Four of our favourite things about Tambo Teddies are: Our Customers: we have the loveliest customers, many keep in touch and love to share stories of their beautiful bears. Our…

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A Special Gift- A Special Teddy Bear

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This gorgeous honey coloured basil, Chatham Chester, was purchased by Maree and friends as a gift for their special friend and work colleague, Kelly, who is terminally ill. What a lovely gift! Teddy Bears are reminders of our innocent carefree childhoods and of the loved ones who purchased the bears for us. Cuddling teddy bears, ‘evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort. It’s human nature to crave these feelings from childhood to adult life’, according to psychologist, Corrine Sweet.  And it is well documented that considerable comfort is obtained from cuddling, naming and speaking to a teddy bear. Maree...
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Naming Tambo Teddy Bears

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All the Basil and Toby Tambo Teddy Bears made in Tambo are given an individual name and unique identification number. Our bears are all named after local Tambo Properties alliterated with a Christian name. We do name some  teddy bears after other properties, or with a selected name in response to special requests. Tambo is a small region, the 2006 census recorded a population of 345. The town was settled in 1863, making it the oldest town in western Queensland. Like much of the west, sheep became the mainstay of the economy. The town takes its name from an aboriginal…

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Charm Ryrie – ideas and innovation

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Charm Ryrie was one of the driving forces behind Tambo Teddies, there from the beginning her determination saw this little business establish and succeed. Incubated at a government workshop, Charm’s idea of making sheepskin teddy bears got only few votes and many just laughed and said it couldn’t work. Well, this was just a ‘red rag to a bull’ and Charm got pattern books of teddy bears and the group began sourcing supplies and working out what styles would work with sheepskin. The first months were exceedingly challenging as they attempted to sew their bears by hand, it just wasn’t...
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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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