Welcome to the website of the South Australian Miniature Enthusiasts Inc (S.A.M.E.)

S.A.M.E. helps promote miniatures through the club meetings, workshops and our annual festival. In doing so we not only help others learn about our hobby but we also raise money for children's charities through our annual festival.

Our club was founded in 1983 and meetings were originally held in one of the members homes. Over the years our membership has grown so much so that we now meet in a hall big enough to accommodate all our members and visitors, who we always welcome. We have now become a little 'web-wise' (as of 2010) and looking forward to being more available to the general public via this site.


The meetings include a brief introduction, followed by workshops, demonstrations, occasionally member's trade tables and of course a cuppa! Our meetings help members gain information about, and an understanding of, the hobby of miniatures and collectibles. We share the love of miniatures and also friendship as well.

Meet: 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January - no meeting)

Time: 7.30pm

Where: The Payneham Community Centre, cnr Arthur Street and Payneham Road (the old school building opposite the Marden Shopping Centre)


Each year we hold a weekend festival of miniatures and dollhouses, the first being held in 1986. The festival includes miniature displays, local and interstate traders, demonstrations of many different techniques for making miniature products (including miniature wood turning), raffles, lucky dips and food to delight the taste buds!!

Next festival: To be announced.

All welcome. Proceeds from the festival, benefit children's charities in South Australia.

Any member of S.A.M.E. is encouraged to access the members only web page, ask questions, give hints and share photos of your miniatures with the whole group. To become a web page member you will need to be a financial member of the club, and then you can forward your email to the address below. You will receive authorisation back to your email - then follow the prompts.



Keep your eyes on this spot for future workshops to be held in the group.

For further information you can ring
To be announced

What we did with our money from the 2009 Festival

Every year at out Annual General Meeting, with funds raised from our Festival, we make a donation to a children's charity or charities. This year we were pleased to present a donation to a representative of The Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation. This enabled the purchase of a "Hart Walker" (an orthotic device which allows children with moderate to severe physical disabilities, especially those with cerebral palsy, to stand and to experience hands free walking.) We felt as a group that this is a very worth while cause.
2011 - We were fortunate enough to have raised enough money to once again offer a donation to another childs mobility unit.
Our Festival began.......

with demonstrations at the door
Then we move inside to see the display ..... these photos are of 1/12th scale displays

These two houses are 1/24th scale
A 1/144th scale house.
As it is our 25th Year of S.A.M.E., we celebrated with a theme of Silver Room Boxes - and balloons!!!

Another themed set was 'Unusual Containers' - these items are of all sizes - 1/12th, 1/24th, 1/48th and 1/144th scale
This display was done by a Year 6 group from the Burnside Primary School - with NO help from parents!!
We also had some Peddler Ladies selling their wares - dont know how much they managed to sell tho!
There was even a man trying to sell his jams off!
The Christies Beach Group of Miniaturiasts brought their 'Twelve Days of Australian Christmas' to the show.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me - An emu in a gum tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Two cockatoosOn the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Three lizardsOn the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Four woolly sheepOn the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Five kangaroosOn the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Six koalas munchingOn the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Seven singers singingOn the eigth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Eight snakes skiingOn the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Nine baubles swingingOn the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Ten swaggies swiggingOn the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Eleven crackers crackingOn the twelve day of Christmas my true love sent to me - Twelve mince pies for sharingWe had demonstrators with thier goods for sale...
There was a fabulous miniature needlwork display
There was hourly raffle room boxes to be drawn..
And as you can see, there were some very happy people who won some of the room boxes
As always, there is a lovely dinning area where tea, coffee, cake and a variety of hot food is available to keep you sustained for the day...some of the lovely people who served the food and drinks
And some of the lovely people who patronized the coffee spot!
Saturday evening sees us all sitting down (well... nearly all of us!) to a wonderful meal. The lights are turned off so that "The Moon Walk" can take place....all the miniatures that have lights are better displayed this way - it is hard to do this during the day unfortunatley.
Because it is our 25th year, we had a special cake to celebrate..
Our Chairperson, Anne had the pleasure of cutting the cake..
There was a few 'original' members at the dinner.
Some displayed their miniatures and visited the show.
The traders from insterstate were happy..
There was a door prize that was drawn at the dinner..
And a very happy recipient..
And of course, the Grand Finale was the drawing of the raffle house, which has gone to a very excited young woman!!
So, all in all it was an excellent Festival, with lots of visitors and plenty of oohs and arhs at the size (or lack of size) of items displayed.
If you missed our Festival this year, please mark it on your calender to come see us next year...August 13th and 14th 2011!!!

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