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150th anniversary

We showcase some of the 150 images chosen from the archives to mark the bank's anniversary.

From small beginnings

The first London office of the bank was in cramped premises in Lombard Street in the heart of the City – this small token was used as a way to keep track of customer transactions.

Mosaic ceiling

Detail from the mosaic ceiling which was a noted feature of the bank’s Hong Kong office in the 1930s.

Saving made simple

Money boxes were introduced by the bank in the 1960s to encourage young savers – this one was modelled on the bank’s main office in Hong Kong.

On the beach

The branch at Kuala Belait in Brunei started life as a shack on the beach, pictured here in the late 1940s.

HSBC staff

The employees of the branch in Nanjing, China, pose for a photograph in 1947.

Tea time

An HSBC banknote from the early twentieth century showing Chinese merchants checking the quality of consignments of tea.

More about HSBC’s history

The HSBC Group: Our story

The HSBC Group: Our story

How a local bank in Hong Kong grew into a global financial institution.

Download ‘The HSBC Group: Our story’

HSBC’s history in Asia-Pacific

HSBC’s history in Asia-Pacific

HSBC has a long and rich history in Asia – providing banking services to governments, companies and individuals.

The bank’s history and archive collection in the Asia-Pacific region

Frequently asked questions

Learn about the founding of HSBC, the significance of the lions and the origins of our hexagon logo.