There are a number of Higginbotham's in Melbourne who were hairdressers. My Joseph Smith Higginbotham was also a hairdresser and he was in Melbourne in the 1870's then went to Adelaide SA in the 1880's before settling in Sydney. His father was William and mother Sarah Holiday. He has six brothers and, I am assuming John C (the subject) could be a brother because there is a J. C. Higginbotham listed as a hairdresser in Brunswick Street, Melbourne.
Other brothers (all born in England)were: William I b1832 Thomas A b1834 Henry b1841 Edwin b1848 David I b1850
I don't know whether all of them migrated to Australia.
This a bit 'long winded' however, I give the info to try and make it easier for a lookup.
Please can a marriage and death lookup be made for John C.? And, maybe the others too.