I wonder if any 1880s/1890s photos of Gough Street Steps exist. Being quite ignorant of Hong Kong’s geography, I don’t know if they connect with Queen’s Road Central. If I’ve understood this entry in the 1885-86 Rate Book correctly, they seem to have been located next to The National Hotel, 242 Queen's Road Central, where my grandmother, Hannah Olson (later Warren) was born in 1880. In 1885 John Olson, aged 47, great-grandfather to my generation of Olsons, Warrens, Warnes and Melchers, had just retired from managing the National Hotel and its associated boarding house and moved to 1 Ladder Street Terrace. Moddsey has previously posted his 1883 newspaper advertisement offering the hotel’s furniture and fittings (including two billiard tables) for sale. Previous Rate Book entries give John Olson’s name above that of the National Hotel, but Tso Lai Tong? as owner and rate payer. 1885-86 is the only year I’ve found when “Gough St. Steps” is entered under 242 Queen’s Road Central. As mentioned in previous posts, the street number of the National Hotel varies quite a lot from year to year.