For those that may be interested, I was puzzled by the total lack of BDM Vic birth records for Yarraville (Vic) from 1881-1888. It seems that during that time births were being registered as Footscray instead of Yarraville. It didn't help me with my brickwall but it's handy to know.
I'm now going to have to contact individual churches BUT only one church still exists from that time & the historical society has no records of churches of the day. Does anyone know how I could go about finding what churches existed there then? - other than writing & going through the red tape of each denomination's central office?