Richmond Bridge was finished in late 1777 - 3 years in building. As you can see, the citizens of 1777 Richmond were worried about vandals and other nasty types spraying it with graffiti and breaking bits off it. They put up this warning IN STONE. Times have not changed!!!! Believe me!!! On 24 Dec 1777 Captain James Cook discovered Christmas Island. At about the same time, uncouth settlers in the American colonies caused a great deal of trouble. Britain decided to privatise them so as to get them off the balance sheet, and allow free enterprise to see what it could do with the problem. Freeing itself from the economic drag and political time wasting caused by America, Britain went on to build up a larger and more useful global enterprise elsewhere. Now who could argue with that interpretation of history? Well? Well?