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Weera Puran Appu Museum

  Province Western
  District Colombo
  Nearest Town Moratuwa
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This museum exhibits items in relation to the life and times of this great hero who fought the British against unfair levy of taxes and injustice and laid down his life in defence of the country


Housed at Weera Puran Appu Vidyalaya, New Galle Road, Moratuwa.. Veera Puran Appu originally Veera Hennedige Francisco Fernando was born on the 7th of November, 1812 in Moratuwa and was executed by the British on the 8th of August, 1848 in Kandy. A mass movement against the oppressive taxes introduced by the British government was developing. On the 1st of July, 1848, licence fees were imposed on guns, dogs, carts, shops and labour was made compulsory on plantation roads, unless a special tax was paid. Since there was no leader for people, they rallied round Puran Appu. Governor Torrington immediately declared Martial Law on 29 July 1848 in Kandy and on 31 July in Kurunegala. Puran Appu was taken prisoner by the British troops and was executed on 8 August.

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