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Here's something I found in Pretty Sally's Hill: A History of Wallan, Wandong, and Bylands:
"Under this Act, the Sydney Road became the North-Eastern Highway on 1
July 1925 but that title was shortlived. On 17 October 1928 the Victorian
and New South Wales Governments jointly named the former Sydney Road the
"The last link in the chain was the modern thirty-four kilometre link
between Wallan and Broadford, [...] Designated the Hume Freeway, it was
declared open by the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. R. J. Hamer, on 3 May
So it appears the Hume Highway came into official existence in 1928, and the first portion of the Hume Freeway in 1976.
UPDATE: The portion between Craigieburn and Donnybrook is the last remaining portion of the "highway" and as of 2008 is being upgraded to "freeway" status.