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Tambo Teddies

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Tambo Tours and Attractions

From the little outback town of Tambo in Western Queensland comes a unique story…

It all began in 1992 as a result of a Future Search Workshop (a government incentive to create jobs in country towns). Two days of brainstorming came up with the idea of Teddy Bears being made out of wool. Popular opinion said it wouldn’t work, but after many laughs, three women – Mary Sutherland, Charm Ryrie and Helen Sargood – decided to bite the bullet. At this stage Western Queensland had been drought stricken for two years, and wool prices were rock bottom, so wool Teddies were the perfect way to promote wool and the industry. After many frustrating month of designing and planning, the first Tambo Teddies were ready for public viewing in February 1993.

Their first showing was the Charleville Sheep Show and Sale and over twenty Tambo Teddies were sold. The impact and enthusiasm of the public was overwhelming and we have now sold over 29000 teddies.

They take pride of place in homes all over the world and now our little town of Tambo is the ‘outback Teddy capital of Australia’. They have attended trade fairs in Japan, been seen flying Jumbo Jets, escorted dignitaries overseas, are mascots for sporting clubs, and confidants to many all over the world. Tambo Teddies employs over fifteen part time workers, but only one of the original directors is still at the helm. It is now one of the biggest employers in the town. Tambo Teddies has also brought an enormous amount of revenue to the tiny town of Tambo.