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.

Festival 2013 !

Can you believe it??? Another year since we had our last Festival already....too quick does the time go.....Never mind, on with the show!~

This year we had the Chateau Revisited.....
The Coach and Horses
A Relaxing Room
The Garden Room
The Beer Room!
The Grand Entrance
The Ladies Parlour
The Bedroom
The Laundry Room
The Dressing Room
The Coach and Horses
The Music Room
Another Music Room 
The Library 
The Pantry
The Kitchen
The Chapel
The Formal Sitting Room
Another Sitting Room
Ladies Music Room
They do love their music in the Chateau!
Another Sitting Room
A Small Sitting Room
A Bedroom/sitting Room
The Dinning Room
The Ballroom
We then had the following display.....

The 1/12th Section ....

An open house - this if the younger miniaturist amongst us :)
The Veggie Seller
"Honey Time Cake" Shop
"Maison de Parfum"

 The Chinese Parlour
"Green's Bar"
 "The Lace Place"
"The Fairy Forrest" 
"The Lingerie Shop"
The 1/48th Section

Four lovely little three storey  homes....
Foldaway Boxes...
Thatched Cottages....
A Tiled Cottage..
The Manor Homes....
The 1/12th Corner Shops....

Another Cafe
A Bedroom
A Sitting Room
A Garden Corner
A Dinning Room
Another Garden Corner
We had a copy of the Cathedral Maria Nascente of Milan in Lombardy - Italy
The Miniature Needle workers have been busy with their fingers this last year too....

As have the miniature soft toy makers.....

Throughout the weekend, there were demonstrations being given by our talented members, unfortunately I did not manage to get a picture of them all.  However, here are a few of the demo's....

Miniature Paper Toll
Miniature Mosaic
Perfume Bottling

Floral Art
 Miniature Needlework/Knitting Baskets and kits
 And at the end of a long day.....sitting and relaxing!!!
Throughout the weekend, we also had the usual Hourly Raffles - (small displays made by our members).  I cannot show you these as I did not manage to get pics of all the boxes, however I do know that there were some very happy winners over the weekend!  Ellen invited children to draw the raffle boxes and in return for drawing the raffle they were given a delightful little display box for themselves in the hope that it encourages children to be involved with miniatures!

By now it was time to draw the big winner out of the barrel, Ellen being Chairperson got the salubrious job of announcing the winner after one of our kind visitors pulled the ticket out of the barrel...
...and the winner is....Margaret! She was so thrilled when she had the house delivered to her door !!!
Congratulations to Margaret, we hope she enjoys her new home :)
So there we go folks, another Festival over.  Once again, like last year, I apologise if I missed anyones display...if I did, please let me know and I can put any pics up you choose to send me.  

Next year, we will be in a new venue which is yet to be announced, so keep your eyes on this site for further news!!!