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.

End of year meeting!

Well, here we are again members and readers, coming the end of another year! And as always, some of our club members made a tremendous effort to entertain the rest of the group. A job most well done - and yes I know it did not include anything "miniature" - but we do like to think outside the square sometimes :)

The first to arrive was a Christmas Elf, seen here with Shona, who was trying to find out where the presents were hidden.Then came the Christmas Fairy.
Rudolphina was close behind.And last but not least Santa arrived with the Christmas Tree!The evenings festivities ran along the lines of previous Christmas meetings - we have an auction which is always a laugh - below are some of the items that went under the hammer. The house was auctioned off after being donated to the club by an elderly lady who had moved to a retirement centre, with all the money going towards our charity fund for next year. Marlene brought along a display of Christmas Bon Bons - this is going to be a several month workshop next year. The cost will be $35 per workshop - monthly - so if you are a member and haven't put your name down yet, be quick as the numbers are filling rapidly!
Judy had a little show and tell - this was an elephant she purchased in a local craft shop and decided to cut its tummy out and decorate with a scene from the Serengeti National Park and put some smaller elephants inside it! How clever and how cute?!

Ann recently went overseas on a bit of a spending spree and this is one of the items she brought back with her.So this brings us to the close for the year. On behalf of all the members of S.A.M.E. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We all hope you will continue to read the blog and maybe even come and visit us at one or more of our meetings.

All the best for 2012~

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