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The icon of Tambo is the Tambo Teddy. The Tambo Teddy is a result of a Future Search Workshop ( a government incentive to to create jobs in country towns) which was held in 1992. After two days of brainstorming the idea of Teddies being made out of wool was born. At this stage Western Queensland had been in drought for two years and wool prices were rock bottom with a huge stockpile so wool teddies were the perfect way to promote wool and the industry.
Three women Mary Sutherland, Helen Sargood and Charm Ryrie the originators of these icons spent many months designing and planning these very cute and cuddly creatures. Their first showing was the Charleville Sheep Show and Sale and twenty of these cuddly bears were sold.
These gorgeous and unique bears take pride of place all over the world - they have been seen flying Jumbo Jets, escorted dignitaries overseas, are mascots for sporting clubs. They have attended a trade fair in Japan and one was even given as a present to Prince Christian of Denmark.
Tambo Teddies employs nine part time workers and one of the original directors Mary Sutherland is still at the helm making it one of the larger employers in the town.
There is a range of bears available from the bickie bears for the very young to the fully dressed ringer or jillaroo.
Tambo Teddies give a lifetime of huggability, lovability and snugability.
So for that special occasion remember Australia's own Tambo Teddy.