Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
I'm staggered by the number of fashionably dressed women in the photograph. Nowadays, only business people dress as well as this in the city. A bit different at the corner of Pitt and King Streets these days.
There used to be a saying "as busy as Pitt Street" you can see how true that was.
I notice any sensible attempt by pedestrians to keep to the left was even more lacking then than now!
Trying to work out date etc. If the tram in King St's number is 195n, it's 1938 or 1939. (The other trams' new paint scheme points to at least 35/36.) There is no evidence of WW2 uniform - or "shock" - total lack of austerity - so before December 1939 and it's summer and impossibly crowded - it's either Xmas Eve or the Saturday (half day) before. There is almost no shadow, so probably the latter - Checked the calendar, it's both. Best estimate: It's Saturday 24th December 1938, just after 12:00 midday!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Can't see any Christmas decorations or children. I agree with you that it was taken in the middle of the day and it must have been overcast. If it had been a sunny day there would have been hard shadows.
Corinneski, the lack of children and decorations is significant. This picture must be combined with the next Pitt St one. So many people in Summer, in the middle of the day - that makes me think it's Saturday. When was the Commonwealth Games held in 1938? Could the crowds, if not Xmas, be left over from say, a procession in George St?