The North Gong Pub has changed significantly from its humble beginnings in 1878, when opened by Theodore Bode. Bode and his wife Mary Ann Anderson ran the pub together, very successfully, until his death in 1912, and her retirement in 1923. The Royal Victoria Hotel, as it was known at the time, had been renovated and ‘improved’ by Bode in 1882, and this was celebrated with an ‘event of an interesting and enjoyable character’. It was the first time such a celebration had been held within a hotel and the guest list comprised about forty gentlemen, including prominent societal members and Aldermen. There were toasts to the success of the business and mention of the roadside hotel as being one of the ‘most stately and picturesque within the Colony’. 137 years on and it would seem the North Gong Pub is as popular as ever!