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The experiences of the past 149 years have formed the character of HSBC. A glance at our history explains why we believe in capital strength, in strict cost control and in building long-term relationships with customers. HSBC has weathered change in all forms – revolutions, economic crises, new technologies – and adapted to survive. The resulting corporate character enables HSBC to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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HSBC's history

HSBC has a history rich in variety and achievement. Discover the major events, decisions and personalities in our past.

The HSBC Group - Our story
HSBC's archives

The archives of HSBC reflect its long and colourful history. Find out what's in our collections and how to access them.

Online gallery

Explore our heritage through our exhibitions of archives, artefacts, photographs and paintings.

Archive resource centre

Looking for publications and resources on our history? Use the resource centre to access and download digital documents and information.

The HSBC Group: Our story
The HSBC Group: Our story

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

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