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.

June and winter is here....

...the month has brought the cold with it - but then again, thats what happens in winter! However, the cold has not deterred the Miniature Enthusiasts from coming to the monthly meeting! This months entertainment included "Guess Whats in the Bag?"We were allowed a quick pass around and feel of the bag - of course inside was a miniature...but what? Turned out to be a 1/12th scale computer :)

We had our usual monthly raffles and Lynette was one of the lucky winners - winning a little cat scene - well done Lynette.

We had a guest speaker - Dr Rob Morrison - who does the most amazing silver ware miniatures - come talk to us about how he got into the miniature side of life and where it has lead him. He also brought a display of what he does...I think the pics say it all!...by the way - Dr Rob will be at the Festival!

A few more of the room boxes for the hourly raffles being held during the Festival were ready and displayed.

A sewing room....An afternoon room....All rooms will be open for inspection at the Festival and all eagerly await being won and taken to a new home!!!

The workshops this month included making an Aussie Esky which Rosie taught. And basket weaving and making by Marlene.Lesley demonstrated how to make some lovely miniature shopping baskets. Very cute!...Along with tiny toy boxes.Well, the countdown is on for the next Festival - see top of page for place, time and date. Hope to see you all there! Stay warm and happy miniaturing!

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