The first recorded burial in Rothwell Cemetery dates back to 1859. It was that of Gordon Cameron, a farmer who died of Consumption. But according to the secretary of the time, D.L. Buckley, it wasn't the first burial as there were other burials before records were kept.

The first meeting of the cemetery was held at Garrett's Store near where the Hall now stands and trustees were appointed. The first Trustee's meeting was held at McShane's Hotel. It is unknown who the original Trustees were at this stage.

A Burial Register exists for this cemetery but the plot numbering system over the years leaves a lot to be desired. However, the cemetery is divided into four distinct areas by roads and a roundabout in the center, enabling the group to use this separation as a basis for plot numbers.