Here's a good view over Central, taken in the late 1920's. We can see a couple of changes since the 1922 photo: the Central Fire Station (completed 1926) is there, as is the tall building next to the GPO. However there's no sign of the Gloucester Building that we see in the 1932 photo, instead this photo shows the Hong Kong Hotel is still standing.
So I'll split the difference and estimate this photo was taken in 1927, but if you have a more accurate date, please let us know.
UPDATE, 24 Apr 2010: Reader Bunce points out the Peninsula Hotel (1928) is visible in TST, so splitting 1928 & 1932, we've set the estimated date to 1930.
Some other things I noticed:
- Down in the bottom right corner is the tower of the Roman Catholic cathedral, facing onto Glenealy. The cathedral is still there, but the tower has been demolished. The little white squares we can see on Glenealy are the covers of the sedan chairs. It must have been a good spot to catch customers who didn't fancy the walk up the steep hill.
- A little to the left, and in the very foreground of the photo, we just see the roof line and garden of what looks to be an imposing building. I guess it's one of the buildings in the Old Peak Road photos. Does anyone recognise it?
- Then in front and to the left of that building are several flat terraces leading from down to Robinson Road. They don't look well-kept enough to be a garden, so could it be a lot waiting to be re-developed?
- Further to the left again is a bright, white building, the mosque in mid-levels.
What else is there of interest in this photograph? If there are any readers who know about old ships, can you tell us anything about the shipping in the harbour? The three-funnel ship (a warship I guess) looks very distinctive.