Mercantile Bank of India [c.1882-????] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

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

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1882-01-01 (Year, Month, Day 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".


Photos that show this place


built 1857:  A Century of Hong Kong Island Roads and Streets by Cheng Po Hung,

The 1932 newspaper clipping shows that the Nederlandse Handel-Maatschappij N.V. (Netherlands Trading Society) gave this building as their address. I'm not sure if the Mercantile Bank had moved out by then, or that they shared the building.

From HKGRO, in 1932 the Mercantile Bank Building was located at 7 Queen's Road Central. 

Thanks Moddsey. I don't remember seeing another building here before Edinburgh House was built, so I think the Netherlands Trading Society must have moved in after the Mercantile Bank moved out.

Regards, David

The Hongkong Land's timeline,, says they bought 11, Queen's Rd C. in 1938.

This Building was Lindsay & Co in 1862

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

The building was designed by Danby & Leigh and completed in 1882. The original Lindsay & Co building still existed, the bank building was built to the east on vacant land.