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.

The May Meeting

Here we are again, another month of the year gone by in a blink of an eye!  Winter is here and its getting a bit damp and dark...roll on summer!

The meeting was a reasonably quiet one this month - a few of the members had been to the Sydney Miniature Fair and came back with a few 'little' nick knacks and displays - some brought them along to show and tell and others (like me!) forgot!

The following little display is of a old time photographer - the person bought this because her dad used to be a professional photographer back in the day - and believe or not, the model looks very much like her dad! (This is a 1/12th display)
The next little building is 1/48th and I believe a one of a kind.  Sadly the lady that made this is probably not able to do any more work due to a problem with her eyesight.  Its just the cutest little castle you will see.
 We have had a few items turn up for perusal to see what is going to be part of the Medieval section of this years Festival.  This lovely building was constructed (or butchered kit!) by one of our newer members - looking forward to seeing it in the display.
 Workshops were in full swing again - this was part 2 of a 4 part workshop.  Last month we did the lounge room, this month was the bedroom and en suite.
 There is a lot of concentrating going on here!
 Decisions to be made!
 And finally...items to be chosen and placed.
Another little workshop was held, getting some of the items for the lucky dips at the Festival ready.
So that's about all for this month, stay tuned!

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