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Tambo Teddies Hero – Josie Smith

By |2018-05-28T05:41:52+10:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Campaigning for Wool

By |2018-05-15T20:05:06+10:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Tambo Teddies – highlights from the early days

By |2019-02-18T10:58:21+10:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Teddy Memories|

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 [...]

Mary Sutherland; twenty-one years dedicated to Teddy Bears

By |2019-02-18T10:58:58+10:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Charm Ryrie – ideas and innovation

By |2019-02-18T11:00:08+10:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Vale Helen Sargood

By |2019-02-18T11:00:42+10:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Tambo Teddies Limited Editions

By |2019-02-18T11:02:00+10:00October 16th, 2017|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Tambo Teddy Bear Collector – Our Local Arctophile!

By |2017-04-04T19:16:31+10:00April 4th, 2017|Categories: Teddy Highlight, Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tambo's own teddy bear collector, Mardi Noonan began her collection of Tambo Teddies in 1997 when she purchased her first bear called Bessie. There are two Tambo Teddy bear families and Bessie was a very early member of the Toby bear family, number 2301. Created from a short grey wool pelt, Bessie with her [...]

An Ode to Tambo’s Teddy Bears

By |2017-02-11T19:25:28+10:00February 11th, 2017|Categories: Teddy Highlight, Teddy Memories|Tags: , , , , , |

We found this charming poem in our files....... don't know who wrote it but we love it just the same! The drought has spread her blankets wide, with eyes blood red and flaring. Through a string of tiny country towns the mood was bleak, despairing. And in retreat to a steady beat, their dusty [...]

The story of another royal teddy bear

By |2015-12-14T18:10:45+10:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: Teddy Memories|Tags: , , |

Baneda Bob, the beautiful Mr Stockman Basil teddy bear given to Prince George during his visit to Queensland in 2014 and Shady Downs Charlotte the Mrs Stockman Basil made especially for Princess Charlotte weren't the first Tambo Teddies to be given to Royalty.   Prince Christian, the future king of Denmark, was the lucky [...]