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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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Tambo Teddy Buckland Bill with the crew from the royal flying doctor service

Buckland Bill raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor

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Recently we sent a Tambo Teddy, Buckland Bill over the range to help Sue McDonald and the Buckland Recreational Club raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Buckland  Recreational Club is a small community group of twenty who have a recreations ground approximately 100 kms west of Springsure, with a shed, tennis court, toilets and airstrip. Each year the group holds an event attended by around 100 people to raise funds to support the RFDS. Bill did the rounds in Springsure and visited the ‘Wings, Wheels & Rugby’ event at Rolleston where raffle tickets were sold to win...
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Alison Shaw one of the 100 faces of small business

100 faces of Queensland Small Business – Tambo Teddies

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Alison was fortunate to be selected as one of the 100 faces of small business- an initiative of the Queensland Government to highlight and support small businesses. Here’s our story…………. The town of Tambo has a proud tradition of producing sheepskin teddy bears loved across the globe. A new group of locals have continued the tradition by taking Tambo Teddies into the digital age. The small town of Tambo, located in the heart of Queensland, was hit hard when wool prices crashed while gripped by drought. The tight-knit community was challenged to create a solution and Tambo Teddies, unique teddy…

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Tambo Teddies Hero – Josie Smith

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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 sewers undertook the whole process, they cut-out the skins and then sewed and stuffed the bears, things then changed, and a new process, where the sewers received the skins already cut out and just had to sew, was implemented. The very first Tambo Teddies had a…

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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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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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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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