The icon of Tambo is the Tambo Teddy.
Back in 1992 wool prices had crashed, the Tambo district was in the grip of a drought and the local community were challenged to come up with a new industry to sustain the economy of the little town. A brain storming session during a workshop developed the idea that Tambo could assist the wool industry, encourage tourists and create employment by making unique teddy bears from wool pelts and stuff them with wool.
After many laughs, three women decided to bite the bullet. After many months of designing and planning, the first Tambo Teddies were ready for sale in February 1993.
The impact and enthusiasm of the public was overwhelming and the business grew. Tambo Teddies take pride of place in homes all over the world and have made the little town of Tambo (population some 600) the ‘outback Teddy capital of Australia'.
After more than twenty years sewing bears, and managing the business, the remaining Director decided to it was time to retire. Wishing to only sell to a local, she was delighted when in a unique synergy, three local ladies decided to purchase this iconic business.
A New Chapter:
Now it's time for three new women to take the reins of Tambo Teddies!
They are two teachers and an arts and cultural officer, Kiralee Fox, Tammy Eckel and Alison Shaw who got together made the decision to take up the challenge of purchasing the local icon, Tambo Teddies in March 2014. They are excited to be keeping this local icon running and have plenty of plans in motion to expand and grow this little business.
The ladies were particularly delighted when a fully dressed Stockman Basil was selected as one of two gifts from the State of Queensland for the Royals during their April 2014 visit and are certain that Mr Stockman will become Prince George's