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Tambo Teddies Hero – Josie Smith

Josie Smith is the longest serving employee at Tambo Teddies, she even outlasted the original owners.  Moving to Tambo in 1988 when the family purchased their property, Shady Downs, 61 km east of Tambo on the road to Alpha, Josie started with the business in 1993 sewing bears at home. When Josie began, the

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Tambo Teddies wool campaign, campaigned for the use of the Woolmark

Campaigning for Wool

Since the beginning, Tambo Teddies have been created from the best Australian woollen sheepskins, they were even stuffed with wool in the early days. But despite being an Australian made, quality sheepskin product Tambo Teddies was denied the right to use the Australian Woolmark. The body responsible for the promotion of wool in the

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Tambo Teddies – highlights from the early days

We were recently sent some old media articles and information about the business by founder, Charm Ryrie and in the mix was an interesting list of Tambo Teddies highlights from February 1993 to March 1997 that we would like to share: Feb 1993:           The first bears were sold to

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Mary Sutherland, one of the original owners, made thousands of Tambo Teddies

Mary Sutherland; twenty-one years dedicated to Teddy Bears

Mary Sutherland was one of the three ladies who founded the Tambo Teddies business and brand.  Her partners, Helen Sargood and Charm Ryrie left the business after several years, and Mary’s passion drove its success for twenty-one years until she decided it was time to retire . Mary passed the baton on by selling

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Charm Ryrie – ideas and innovation

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

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