Caroline Richardson is one of 18 Macedon Ranges residents who will become Australian citizens this week.

Born in England, Mrs Richardson, 87, moved to Gisborne in 2013 to be near her son, who works as an air traffic controller at Melbourne Airport.

She said the area was the perfect fit for her.

“It’s a lovely place to live,” she said. “There’s everything I need at my age.”

She has moved between Australia and England since the 1970s, initially making the move around the world with her husband as part of his career. He died in 1983.

Mrs Richardson, originally from Harefield in England,says the village had a long-standing affiliation with Australia – Harefield House was used as the No.1 Australian Auxilliary Hospital during World War I.

About 100 Australians who died in the hospital are buried in the village.

Mrs Richardson said that every year Anzac Day was commemorated in the local church and school children placed posies in the cemetery.

She said she was looking forward to obtaining her Australian citizenship at the ceremony at Kyneton town hall.