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.

April 2012

Well, its been a few months since the last posting here.  Not because of anything other than I have been busy and I kept forgetting to post! Naughty me!!! Anyway, here we are - Easter has come and gone and we are a quarter way through the year already - be Christmas again before we know it!
The Club has been busy preparing for the Festival in August with much planning and organizing of what needs to be done and how it needs to be done.  Just to remind you - the Theme is "Medieval" and "Sheds" - this could be a plethara of interesting items for display!  And of course there is always the bits and pieces of different shapes and sizes of items for display in between - should be a good Festival to come and see once again. 

During the last couple of months, we have had a few workshops - making suitcases, with Debra.  Even some of our new members took the plunge and got involved with this workshop! and what fine trunks and suitcases they turned out.  

Hat making (of ye olde days) was another workshop held with Bev.
A workshop that is going for a few months with Marlene, is making a 1/48th scale "house" for the Christmas season.  This is the members involved making the lounge suit for the lounge room (of course!)                      
Some of month 2 was done in meeting time - but a lot was sent home to do - so pics to follow with that one later!  This is my effort for the lounge room :)
One of the members made a nice little purchase recently and brought it along for show and tell - you might get to see this in the flesh at the Festival too!  
This is the "back" or inside of the display.
 This is the front of the little display - its almost 1/24th scale.
 So till next month - may you all stay safe!

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