Mercantile Bank of India [c.1882-????]

Submitted by David on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 16:20
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
(Day, Month, & Year are approximate.)

This building with a curved front stood on the north-west corner of the Queen's Road and Ice House Street junction.

On a 1911 map (plate 3-4, Mapping Hong), it is marked as 'Mercantile Bank of India', at 11, Queen's Road Central.

The Mercantile Bank of India started life as the Mercantile Bank of Bombay, taking the name of the city where it was founded in 1853. It soon changed its name to the Mercantile Bank of India, London, and China, and in 1855 opened its branch in Hong Kong. Trouble in 1893 meant it lost its charter, and was reconstituted as the Mercantile Bank of India, Ltd. In 1959 it was purchased by HSBC. By then its name had been shortened again, to "Mercantile Bank, Ltd".


Previous place(s) at this location

Photos that show this Place


I'd previously set the completion date to 1857, based on the quote from Cheng Po Hung's book mentioned above. After checking the book I believe that date refers to another building. Photos from the 1860s still show Lindsay & Co's building standing, so the building described by this page was completed later.

We still need a completion date, so I've made a guess at "c.1882". That's the year that this bank moved out from Wardley House (see and also the year that the bank leased Section A of ML 2 (see

Corrections welcome!

The building now in the possession of the Netherlands Indische-Bank at the corner of Queen's Road and Ice House Street was erected to house the Mercantile Bank of India Ltd


Source: Old Hong Kong by Colonial Vol 1